It’s a rite of passage on OIB serenading the list of top 100 municipal wage earners. In 2017 the narrative is essentially the same as decades prior with city police officers dominating the list via overtime. Leading the pack in 2017 is an outlier, Jimmy Honis who retired as deputy chief after 47 years of service, with a $513,709 payout involving accumulated personal days, comp time, holiday and unused vacation time. It wasn’t in Honis’ vocabulary to take a vacation or call in sick. Mayor Joe Ganim finished number 30 on the list at $152,876, combining his base pay $146,920 with unused vacation time and longevity pay as a bridge employee from previous service. Mayor, how about a bottle of wine?
Top 10 of top 100
Jimmy Honis, Deputy Police Chief, $513,709
Aresta Johnson, Schools Superintendent, $252,747
Richard Mercado, Police Officer, $252,577
Brian McCarthy, Police Captain, $236,589
Adam Radzimirski, Deputy Police Chief, $236,393
Marlene Siegel, Schools Chief Financial Officer, $225,420
Ilidio Pereira, Police Officer, $189,449
Brian Grabinski, Police Officer, $187,836
John Cummings, Police Lieutenant, $182,094
Brian Fitzgerald, Police Captain, $176,729
To provide context regarding police officer overtime Pereira received $92,916, Cummings $80,623, Fitzgerald $60,756.
See the full list here.