Over­time pushes po­lice of­fi­cers to top of city’s high­est paid

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - — Luke Broad­wa­ter

Seven of the 10 high­est-paid Bal­ti­more city em­ploy­ees dur­ing the last fis­cal year were po­lice of­fi­cers, con­tin­u­ing a long-run­ning trend in which over­time boosts salaries con­sid­er­ably, ac­cord­ing to new data re­leased by city gov­ern­ment.

While Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Kevin Davis was the only po­lice em­ployee whose salary ranked in the top 10, lower-ranked em­ploy­ees were able to more than dou­ble their com­pen­sa­tion through over­time.

Fif­teen of the top 20 earned from July 2016 through June 2017 worked for the Po­lice Depart­ment.

The high­est-paid was Po­lice Sgt. Wil­liam Har­ris Jr., who earned nearly $245,000 on a salary of about $97,000. The 28-year vet­eran works in the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sion, which in­cludes the po­lice SWAT team.

State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn J. Mosby was the sec­ond-high­est-paid with a salary of nearly $239,000. Po­lice Lt. Mark A. Wal­rath was third with pay of about $230,000 on a salary of about $111,000.

Po­lice Lt. Brian S. Rice was fourth, tak­ing home pay of about $223,000 — much of it due to back pay he re­ceived af­ter he was ac­quit­ted of man­slaugh­ter, mis­con­duct and other charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Rice re­ceived about $127,000 in back pay in Au­gust af­ter earn­ing $0 the pre­vi­ous year.

The data did not in­clude two top earn­ers who are mem­bers of Mayor Cather­ine Pugh’s Cab­i­net, be­cause they run or­ga­ni­za­tions that are in­de­pen­dent from the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment.

City schools CEO Sonja San­telises makes $298,000. Al Hutchinson, the head of the quasi-public tourism agency Visit Bal­ti­more, earns $333,000.

Frank John­son, the city’s new in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy di­rec­tor, re­ceives a salary of $250,000. But he was not listed as a top earner be­cause he did not start work un­til af­ter the end of the fis­cal year in July. Pugh’s salary is $176,000. 1. Po­lice Sgt. Wil­liam Har­ris Jr., $244,913.70 2. State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn J. Mosby, $238,772.04 3. Po­lice Lt. Mark A. Wal­rath, $230,143.54 4. Po­lice Lt. Brian S. Rice, $222,834.47 5. Health Com­mis­sioner Leana Wen, $207,928.63

6. Po­lice Of­fi­cer Rafiu Makan­juola, $206,320.68

7. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Kevin Davis, $205,015.47

8. Fi­nance Di­rec­tor Henry Ray­mond, $204,172.96

9. Po­lice Lt. Et­tice Brickus, $203,130.43

10. Po­lice Sgt. Kim­berly A. Swin­ton, $200,452.50 11. Po­lice Of­fi­cer Eric L. Green, $198,535.74 12. Po­lice Of­fi­cer Clarence Grear, $195,262.00

13. Po­lice $192,917.71

14. Hu­man Re­sources Di­rec­tor Mary Tal­ley, $191,166.01 15. Fire Chief Niles Ford, $189,300.12 16. Po­lice Lt. Dwayne L. Swin­ton, $188,554.11

17. Po­lice Sgt. Thomas E. Wil­son III, $187,037.97 18. Po­lice Sgt. Ali­cia L. White, $185,018.96 19. Po­lice Sgt. Marc J. Ca­marote, $184,662.64

20. Po­lice $182,761.89 Sgt. La­macairos E. Tay­lor, Sgt. Charles T. Sch­midt,

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