While I understand your premise, Vog, you are comparing elected officials like a mayor to a town manager. Remember, that most small-town mayors have other jobs and sources of income. Being the manager of Wilmington is a full-time, high stress job I would imagine and I sincerely doubt that he will be joining the lecture circuit or get appointed to some commission after his tenure.
Also, the compare the staff of the President of the United States (who are probably grossly underpaid for the amount of work they do) to a town manager of a town the size of Wilmington doesn't make sense.
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