Who are city’s top earn­ers?

The News-Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Rob Ryser

DAN­BURY — Which pub­lic ser­vants earn the top salaries in Dan­bury and what do they do?

The an­swer may sur­prise you.

The city’s top salary earn­ers run de­part­ments that pro­vide core ser­vices Dan­bury res­i­dents ex­pect from their taxes, rang­ing from road main­te­nance to pub­lic safety.

The city’s di­rec­tors of fi­nance, plan­ning and pub­lic works top the list of the high­est-paid mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees, along with the po­lice and fire chiefs.

Mayor Mark Boughton just misses the top 10 list, com­ing in at num­ber 11 with an an­nual base salary of $122,000.

“Our top salaries are less than what peo­ple can get in the pri­vate sec­tor,” Boughton said. “But we don’t have a lot of turnover be­cause peo­ple like to

work here.”

The pay­roll records, which do not in­clude over­time, show An­to­nio Iadarola is the high­est-paid city em­ployee with a salary of $173,700 as the di­rec­tor of pub­lic works, and a stipend of $35,000 for be­ing the act­ing city engi­neer.

Fi­nance Di­rec­tor David St. Hi­laire has a salary of

$177,500, fol­lowed by Po­lice Chief Pa­trick Ri­den­hour at $141,000, Fire Chief T.J. Wiedl at

$140,700 and Plan­ning Di­rec­tor Sharon Cal­itro at

$129,000. Round­ing out the top 10 salaries are Las­zlo Pin­ter, deputy cor­po­ra­tion coun­sel, at $128,900; Shaun McCol­gan, deputy po­lice chief, at $128,000; Mark Omasta, as­sis­tant fire chief, at $128,000; Daniel Gar­rick, as­sis­tant fi­nance di­rec­tor, at $127,000; and David Day, su­per­in­ten­dent of pub­lic util­i­ties, at

$123,000.

The top 10 does not in­clude school em­ploy­ees or ad­min­is­tra­tors, as that in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided separately by the city.

Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia has a re­quest for the in­for­ma­tion pend­ing with the school dis­trict.

Iadarola earns an ex­tra stipend be­cause he over­sees the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment.

The ar­range­ment, which was for­mal­ized in 2018, saved the city a six-fig­ure salary, Hu­man Re­sources Di­rec­tor Vir­ginia AloscoWern­er said.

“If you con­sider that with An­to­nio we don’t have to spend an­other

$140,000 on a city engi­neer, we save $100,000,” Boughton added.

Af­ter Boughton, the next high­est-paid city em­ploy­ees are Stephen No­cera, di­rec­tor of project ex­cel­lence, at

$120,900; Katie Pear­son, li­brary di­rec­tor, at

$120,000; Frank Gen­tile, man­ager of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, at $117,700; Mitchell We­ston, po­lice de­tec­tive cap­tain, at

$116,000; Lisa Mor­ris­sey, di­rec­tor of health and hu­man ser­vices, at $115,000; Ti­mothy Nolan, su­per­in­ten­dent of high­ways, at $115,000; and Daniel Mul­vey and Robery Myles, both po­lice cap­tains, at $112,000 each.

Boughton said he will as­sess whether to award raises to depart­ment heads and top ad­min­is­tra­tors in Jan­uary.

He has al­ready de­cided that he will not im­me­di­ately fill the po­si­tion held by No­cera, who plans to leave for a pri­vate sec­tor job at the end of spring.

Iadarola $173,700 + $35,000

St. Hi­laire $177,500

Wiedl $140,700

Omasta $128,000

Day $123,000

Ri­den­hour $141,000

Pin­ter $128,900

Gar­rick $127,000

Cal­itro $129,000

McCol­gan $128,000

Boughton $122,000

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