43 City Employees Made Over $250K

New records show that city employees made well over six figures in 2011.


Forty-three employees made $250,000 or more in 2011 and eight made over $300,000, according to data recently released by Bay Area News Group.

The online database was created as part of an ongoing public records project started by Bay Area News Group that has detailed the spending for 271 government agencies throughout the Bay Area.

The data shows the cost of salaries, medical insurance and retirement benefits and other compensation for more than 185,000 workers at counties, cities, special districts and school districts that released the information under the state public records act.

Some highlights for Redwood City:

Out of the city's 814 employees, Fire Battalion Chief Stephen Cavallero was paid the most, over $486,000.

Twenty-five employees were from the and 12 were from the .

Former City Manager Peter Ingram, who resigned in November 2010 also made the list, with $113,071 salary and a Total Cost of Employment of $274,088.

Here is a breakdown, by total compensation, of the 43 top-paid city employees in 2011:


Name Title Salary Total Cost of Employment**
Stephen Cavallero Battalion Chief, Fire $127,589 $486,156 Daniel Horton Fire Captain $71,911 $360,477 Robert Bell City Manager $208,515 $311,847 Chris Cesena Police Captain $178,081 $310,541 James Skinner Fire Chief $185,489 $306,219 Edward Hernandez Police Captain $178,080 $305,034 Paul Sheffield Police Sergeant $147,506 $303,071 Brian Ponty Finance Director $194,629 $300,434 Pamela Thompson City Attorney $207,072 $299,967 Ashley Osborne Police Sergeant $145,372 $287,689 Jeffry Price Police Sergeant $142,158 $286,209 Ryan Adler Police Officer $112,781 $285,514 Sean Hart Police Sergeant $147,506 $282,393 Geoffrey Balton Batallion Chief, Fire $144,687 $281,592 Steven Blanc Police Sergeant $147,506 $281,299 Eric Stasiak Police Sergeant $147,506 $278,344 Daniel Mulholland Police Sergeant $147,506 $278,017 David Gough Police Sergeant $147,506 $275,817 David Pucci Battalion Chief - 40 hour, Fire $156,984 $275,606 Peter Ingram Former City Manager $113,071 $274,088 Jaime Mateo Police Officer $112,781 $272,848 Kevin Dolezal Police Sergeant $146,706 $272,575 Neil Uyeda Police Sergeant $147,506 $271,455 Peter Cang Police Officer $112,781 $270,688 Michael O'Leary Battalion Chief, Fire $123,354 $269,007 Carmine Galotta Police Sergeant $147,506 $268,095 Angela Wittman Police Officer $112,781 $267,561 Richard Napier Finance Official/Executive $183,876 $264,242 Adrian Anderson Fire Captain $116,856 $262,598 Rhonda, Leipelt Police Sergeant $145,105 $262,017 Nicholas Perna Police Officer $112,781 $261,960 Steve Unga Police Officer $112,781 $261,440 Ernesto Gomez Fire Captain $116,856 $260,966 Nick Dickson Fire Captain $116,856 $258,731 Kathryn Anderson Police Sergeant $147,506 $257,927 Stanton Maupin Deputy Fire Chief $151,878 $257,731 Todd Hurts Police Officer $112,781 $255,542 Daniel Schillaci Police Officer $112,781 $254,976 James Stoney Police Sergeant $147,506 $252,567 David Genesy Library Director $166,860 $251,923 David Gilliland Fire Fighter/Engineer $96,108 $251,736 Patrick Cunningham Fire Fighter/Engineer $96,108 $250,916 Kendrick Cochran Police Officer $112,781 $250,200

**Total Cost of Employment includes overtime, other cash pay, employee contributions to medical, dental, vision, pension and deffered compensation, and miscellaneous payments.


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Buck Shaw July 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
What the figures don't mention is the early buyout program to remove some employees from emploment and they being replaced with much lower salaried new employees. Contracted with renegociated lower benifits and retirement packages. A big Thank You, for the forsight and look ahead thinking and actions by the City Council and Employee Unions.
Susan Swope July 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Why would an employee's contributions to medical, dental, vision and pension be added to their salaries? Presumably they would be made out of the employee's salary. Do you mean EMPLOYER contributions?
TGD July 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
WHAT???? No company gas card for personal use???? How do they survive? At least all the workers at the Cal Trans station on Old Bayshore Rd in RWC get to fill-up at the company pump.
TGD July 12, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Many union employees get matching funds for these type of benefits. Sometimes they also get vacation and year end bonuses.
Wanda Steffens July 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I wish there were more women on that list . . .
Nicole Bergeron July 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
And you know that there are not 43 teachers or administrators at RCSD that made that kind of money...no matter how it is sliced or diced...and their jobs are tougher
emma July 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
No wonder cities are going bankrupt. Stockton and San Bernadino have already declared bankruptcy. At the rate Redwood City is paying their officials RWC might just be next.
Bud July 13, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I also understand the City Manager got one hell of a raise ! How is that even supposed to be possible ? Especially when my wife who has been with the City of Redwood City for 25 years was told the city is broke. What kind of City Manager would accept an increase in salary when employees such as my wife has had her hours cut, pay raise freeze, benefit reduction , and now faces furlough time next ? Congrats to our city counsel ... You should be so proud ! As for our already grossly overpaid City Manager ... Enjoy that raise ... I hope you choke on it !!!
emma July 13, 2012 at 04:46 AM
SO if this goes on on a city level where's greater transparency (supposedly) can you imagine what it's like on a state level? Hmm...wonder why California is broke and needs to up taxes...
Zeke Mead July 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
To explain one position, police officers are always asked to work overtime because hiring freezes have left shifts understaffed. And those shifts are usually between 2am and 6am, on holidays, weekends, etc. This compensation also included "Pay Jobs" that are covered by fees people pay for events where a police officer is required (if you want to rent a hall for a party with alcohol, they make you pay for the cop to make sure nobody gets goofy) If it was less expensive (net net) to hire more cops than pay the overtime, I'm sure they would. Although they might not appear to be super active, whenever I've needed them they've been VERY responsive and I know they are doing lots of little things to keep the bigger things out of town. I know many people left law enforcement when private industry (.com, etc) was going crazy and police departments couldn't keep officers around or attract new ones with the old compensation plan. Who wouldn't want to work more regular hours, get holidays off and not have to deal with paroles, drug addicts, mentally challenged and local politics. For full disclosure, I used to be a police officer in a different city, but couldn't keep up the schedule and quit. And still have challenges sleeping I didn't before.
TGD July 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
"have to deal with paroles, drug addicts, mentally challenged and local politics." And that's just your co-workers. At 1/4 to 1/2 million annual salary I believe that is well compensated. A 7-11 clerk or a taxi driver deals with these types constantly and gets minimum wage and probably has relatively the same odds of being killed on the job as law enforcement. "couldn't keep up the schedule and quit. And still have challenges sleeping I didn't before." Try being a single parent and self employed (w/no backup) and you'd find sleeping is fictional and you just can't quit because it's too difficult. What needs to be understood is that unlike the private sector, public servant entities like fire and police have annual budgets and you have to "spend it to get it". Your department is not "rewarded" for thriftiness. If you spend less the previous year you get less the next year so why save money? It is interesting to hear what some last minute year end expenditures are in order to deplete the remaining funds in order to substantiate an increased budget forecast for future needs. There is a local servant that was terminated for testing dirty and got immediately hired in a neighboring dept. then almost killed their friend in an ill conceived "joke" and the city ended up paying almost 7 figures to settle the case and still has the same job making over 150G annually in the same position. Other than a livable salary there is pretty darn good job security.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
You might be very surprised at how much the top 50 teachers and administrators made last year.
Dave July 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
As a tax payer...I am feeling ripped off.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Having watched what the city staff does, what police and fire services do and what our elected and appointed representatives accomplish, I think the base salaries are too low. We have to keep in mind that the right column includes money that the employees take out of the left column to pay for benefits, and that number is around 20 percent now. I think we should also not that the ONLY people on this lists are essentially upper management. They could be making more elsewhere but our city council has convinced them to stay for less. I'd like to make that much money as well, and maybe one day I will. But there is no way I begrudge them this amount.
rmf July 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
The table is a bit misleading. I'd like to see a breakout of benefits, overtime, and fee based hours from the total cost number. The salaries for senior management don't seem out of line with the responsibilities. It looks like the city does NOT have a grip on its overtime needs in the police and fire departments. Every employee there seems to be making 2 to 3x their base pay. It seems if you hire a few more police officers and firemen, you wouldn't have to pay so much overtime wages and could better spread out the hours. How much of their overtime is due to private events paying for the hours and not actually the public?
Stacie Chan (Editor) July 14, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Interesting point, Nicole. Stay tuned for tomorrow's article that looks at the Redwood City School District's top paid employees.
Stacie Chan (Editor) July 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
rmf, you bring up a fair point. The online database includes several other columns that dive deeper into the breakdown of the benefits. It was too horizontally expansive to include in this written article.
cyholl July 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Why does the Library Director make so much money ? I undertsand the police, fire, teachers and even the finance positions. They could higher two recent college graduates for half of that and spend the rest on new media. I find it outrageous.
cyholl July 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Why does the Library Director make so much money ? I undertsand the police, fire, teachers and even the finance positions. They could higher two recent college graduates for half of that and spend the rest on new media. I find it outrageous.
Andrew Peceimer May 29, 2013 at 01:24 PM
The real questions is if the city outsourced these services to a private company what would we pay for the same service?


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