Po­lice of­fi­cers once again top city’s list of high­est paid

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS - — Luke Broad­wa­ter

Once again, most of Bal­ti­more’s high­est paid em­ploy­ees are po­lice of­fi­cers.

Over­time ex­penses in the 2018 fis­cal year, which ended June 30, meant that 40 of the 50 high­est-paid city em­ploy­ees work for the Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment — in­clud­ing seven of the top 10.

Sgt. Wil­liam Har­ris Jr. was the high­est-paid city em­ployee last year, earn­ing $250,000, well above his base salary of $100,000. Har­ris was also the high­est-paid city em­ployee last year.

He was fol­lowed in the most re­cent fis­cal year by Sgt. Ethan R. New­berg, who earned $243,000 on a base salary of $100,000, and State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn Mosby, who has a salary of about $239,000. The next high­est-paid were Of­fi­cer Eric L. Green, who made $227,000, and Lt. Dar­rell A. Mer­rick, who made $225,000.

The data, from the city’s Open Bal­ti­more web­site, con­tin­ues a lon­grun­ning trend in which over­time boosts law en­force­ment salaries and some em­ploy­ees are able to more than dou­ble their com­pen­sa­tion.

The Bal­ti­more Po­lice Depart­ment did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

The data did not in­clude two top earn­ers who are mem­bers of Mayor Cather­ine Pugh’s Cab­i­net be­cause they run or­ga­ni­za­tions 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.

Pugh her­self was paid $178,000 last year — mak­ing her the 55th-high­est earner in city gov­ern­ment.

The com­pen­sa­tion of even the high­est-paid city work­ers falls well short of the top state salaries — which go to sports coaches and col­lege pres­i­dents. Univer­sity of Mary­land men’s bas­ket­ball coach Mark Tur­geon tops the list, be­ing paid $2.7 mil­lion last year. Mary­land foot­ball coach DJ Durkin re­ceived $2.5 mil­lion. Mary­land women’s bas­ket­ball coach Brenda Frese was the third-high­est-paid state em­ployee with $1.2 mil­lion in earn­ings.

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