Hey, there’s more than one reason to make friends with a cop. OIB has received a list of the top city employee wage earners for 2012 and as usual it’s dominated by police officers, particularly the top 50, who in many cases received double their base pay from overtime. The list OIB reviewed does not break out base pay from overtime, but lumps the earnings together.
Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas leads the pack among 2012 wage earners at $224,374, followed by Police Chief Joe Gaudett, 222,939. Roughly $89,000 of Gaudett’s income is from his police pension. Gaudett, as a contract employee, is allowed to access his pension, something he started in 2011.
Then comes Police Sergeant Jessica Tillson, $179,119, Police Lieutenant Lonnie Blackwell $178,607, School Principal James Adams $178,583, Police Captain James Viadero $178,415, School Principal Audrey Skoda $174,741, Police Sergeant Michael Sample $172,753, Police Sergeant John Gale $169,192, Police Lieutenant Kevin Gilleran, $167,939.
To judge the amount of overtime received by police officers, the highest income base scale for a sergeant is $71,276, for lieutenant it’s $81,900. The base pay for a deputy chief is roughly $108,000. Two deputy police chiefs Anthony Armeno $155,382 and Adam Radzimirski $155,154 both finish in the top 20 among wage earners. Dozens of other patrol officers and detectives on the list received double their base salary in overtime.
Charlie Carroll, the director of Public Facilities, tops wage earners among civilian department heads, $154,506, number 20 on the list. Poor Mayor Bill Finch barely cracks the top 45 at $138,808.
Other notables in the top 100, former Mayor John Fabrizi, director of adult education, $140,116, Chief Administrative Officer Andy Nunn $135,973, Deputy Director of Labor Relations Tom McCarthy $135,011 (includes $9,000 stipend as a member of the City Council as well as the approximate six weeks he served as department director in absence of director on medical leave), Assistant Chief Administrative Office Alanna Kabel $131,180.
Come on, let’s be friends!
Technically, the highest wage earner on the list is no longer a city employee. Former school chief John Ramos, canned in 2011 following his support of state takeover of schools, received $233,909 as part of his buyout package.