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MVC sets $100K contract for director
Mark London, MVC executive director. MV Times File Photo By Ralph Stewart
The Martha's Vineyard Commission (MVC) recently approved a five-year contract for Mark London, who has served as executive director since October 2002. The contract, which calls for him to be paid $100,000 this year, also provides an option for an additional two years, with an automatic one-year extension awarded on the first two anniversary dates of its signing. The commission officers drafted the contract in executive session, and 17 commissioners approved it unanimously during a public hearing on Oct. 20.
At that time, Mr. London said he told the MVC board he would renew his leave of absence as long as possible, but when it ended, he would want a long-term contract. "I am giving up a permanent position in Montreal that had better benefits," Mr. London explained.
The preparation of a comprehensive Island plan will be his main goal for the next seven years, Mr. London said. "We're now starting a major planning effort that will be the main focus of the last years of my career," he said.
He spent the last three years at the MVC dealing with issues concerning its ongoing operations, such as project review, funding, and staffing. With those on track, Mr. London said, "I will try to step back from the daily operations somewhat and help the Island community think about the longer term - where we are going and where do we want to be going - and if the two answers don't match, determine what we have to change to end up in a better place."
The MVC's operating budget for fiscal year 2006 is $1.1 million. The commission relies on town assessments from the seven towns that make up Dukes County for the largest share of its income, with some state grants providing another source.
Payroll costs, which account for almost half of the MVC's expenses, include health and disability insurance and a three percent cost of living adjustment.
In comparing Mr. London's compensation to others in similar positions, Margo Fenn, executive director of the Cape Cod Commission, receives an annual salary of $95,280. Unlike Mr. London, she does not have a contract. Ms. Fenn is evaluated annually by the Cape Cod Commission's executive committee and by the county administrator.
Andrew Vorce, director of the Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission, receives a salary of $90,000 annually, under the terms of a three-year contract awarded in June. He is subject to review by the five members of the planning board to which he reports prior to renewal of his contract.