Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Yesterday the T&G pulled out the old top 250 wage earner article. (And riled up some city employees.)
In looking at the numbers, the paper highlighted that the police department overwhelmingly dominates the list — 12 of the city’s top 15 wage earners are the police chief, deputy chiefs, captains, lieutenants and officers.
In contrast, the fire department’s Chief Gerard Dio didn’t even make the top 50 — he’s number 53 with a $138,000 salary. DPW Commissioner Robert Moylan came in at 13 with a $161,000 salary.
Aside from WPS Superintendent Melinda Boone (4th, $179,000), school employees don’t crack the top 50, and barely make the top 60 with CFO Brian Allen at 59th with a $136,500 salary.
The T&G noted that the number of school employees on the list shrunk from 73 in 2009 to 58 in 2010. Only 10 WFD employees made the cut this year, down from 25 in 2009.
Police officers benefited from pay details and overtime. The document showed only a handful of the police officers on the list didn’t receive overtime or pay detail compensation. The T&G pointed out that person who received the highest amount of overtime pay was mechanic Alan Gemme, Chief Gary Gemme’s brother, with his overtime pay almost matching his salary ($61,600 vs $58,900). But if you add up all of Alan Gemme’s supplementary income (overtime/detail/retro) it actually adds up to more than his salary ($68,376).
For the most part, municipal union members didn’t make the top 250 cut. Only a handful of teachers union members are listed, and those are mostly assistant principals and a few principals who opted to stay in the EAW. No WPS classroom teachers made the list. (Daniel Case, who’s listed as a teacher, is actually a liaison for the school department, says EAW head Lenny Zalauskas.)
No NAGE workers are among the top 250 earners.
I’ll be the first to admit I have no idea how the the fire fighters union is set up, so I can’t say how many of the ten from the WFD on the top 250 list are IAFF members. I’ve put in a call to figure it out.
Clearly, the exception here is both police unions. Those from the officials union (IBPO 504) not only have high salaries, but they’re still raking in the overtime and pay detail as well.
Also listed are just “police officers” — which is a little misleading. For example, the list considers Al Gemme a “police officer,” but doesn’t note that he’s an officer in the traffic division as well as assigned part time mechanics work in the garage (unless something has changed in the past year or so). It’s unclear if all of the 102 “police officers” on the list belong to the NEPBA (the patrolman union) but this still shows that a significant number of police officers and non-officials make up 41 percent of the city’s 250 highest paid employees.
The Excel spreadsheet, provided on the T&G’s website, has a lot more information. Play around with it and leave any other observations in the comments.