A few weeks ago OIB published a list of the top 100 municipal wage earners historically dominated by Board of Education employees, as well as uniformed services led by police officers via paid overtime. Mayor Joe Ganim’s salary, by comparison, doesn’t even sniff the top, the way it’s been for decades for the city’s chief executive.
Every now and then we ask for the salaries of the mayor’s discretionary employees. The city, after a month of negotiations to receive the requested information, provided more than what we asked so we cherry-picked at-will employees among the list at $90k and above. May have missed a few but see example below.
The City Council approves salary ranges of unaffiliated employees including those who work at the pleasure of the mayor who has authority to set salaries within those paramiters. See the current list that should be updated soon 2019citysalarygrid.
It’s always fascinating to hear from readers about that so-called bloated payroll when, in fact, the mayor’s discretionary appointees combine for perhaps $4 million out of a more than $500 million city budget. If you measure the current salaries of Ganim’s at-will employees most of them are not near the top of the salary range.
See the full range of unaffiliated employees, many of them eking a living, Unaffiliated_Employees_2020-02-07_List.
Now, parenthetically, for the cynics who assert all these people below are earning in relation to what they can deliver on election day, I will list those who have a vote following and those who do not. Many pols on the payroll who can deliver votes earn less than the list below, many of whom have a governmental skill set. Just because many below live in Bridgeport doesn’t mean they have a vote base.
Ed Adams, mayoral aide, $95,509 (no votes)
Eric Amado, director labor relations, $131,706 (votes)
Tom Coble, project manager, Public Facilities, $90,549 (some votes)
Ken Flatto, finance director, 131,706 (no votes)
Herron Gaston, assistant chief administrative officer, $135,362 (clergy votes)
Tom Gaudett, mayoral aide, $90,549 (a worker but no core votes)
Fred Gee, minority business office, $90,549 (clergy votes)
Tom Gill, economic development director, $131,706 (no votes)
John Gomes, assistant chief administrative officer, $135,362 (votes)
Janene Hawkins, chief administrative officer, $144,721 (no votes)
R. Christopher Meyer, city attorney, $143,826 (no votes)
Nestor Nkwo, budget director, $131,706 (no votes)
Danny Roach, director construction services, $126,815 (votes)
Dan Shamas, mayoral chief of staff, $137,721 (no votes)
Rowena White, communications director, $106,121 (no votes)
So there ya go, most mayoral appointees earning $90K above have no votes.