Earl Jann not only has a new job and a big new salary, he may also get a new set of wheels.
A month after the Erie County Water Authority named Jann executive director, the board approved the purchase of a new $32,000 Chevy Traverse.
As executive director, Jann becomes one of five high-ranking Water Authority administrators who are provided a vehicle for 24-hour personal use.
The new vehicle had not been budgeted for this fiscal year. A board resolution Thursday cited "changes in spending priorities, availability of funds, or changes in other circumstances" for the need to purchase a new vehicle.
The Water Authority will add the new V6, eight-passenger SUV as a pool vehicle to its fleet, said Chairman Robert Anderson. Two older work vehicles, including a 2008 Ford pickup truck and a 2011 dump truck, are being traded in so the Chevy Traverse purchase will be budget-neutral.
Anderson said new, unplanned vehicle purchases are not routine, but not unusual either.
He added that Jann, who makes $145,073 in his new job, is undecided about whether he wants to accept the SUV. A Water Authority policy entitles the executive director to receive an authority-provided vehicle. Anderson also said that if Jann accepts a new vehicle for personal use, he will incur some fees for its use during non-work time.
"He might end up with this," Anderson said. "That's up to him."