Below are the names and salaries of those in the city of Lodi who are budgeted to make more than $100,000 annually.
The listing is the latest in a series being published in the News-Sentinel on high earners among local public agencies.
Of the 405 employees in the city, 30 employees, or 7.4 percent, earn $100,000 or more. Of those employees, at least five will fall under the $100,000 mark this year because of furloughs and other employee concessions, said city spokesman Jeff Hood.
To deal with declining revenue because of the recession, the city reduced its work force through attrition and offering retirement incentives. The city also renegotiated contracts with employees that resulted in reductions in pay and benefits.
With the budget cuts, Hood said city management has shrunk by 25 percent, and the city's entire staffing levels are what they were more than a decade ago.
Employees earning more than $100,000 have acquired advanced training, have a greater share of responsibility and are often managers, Hood said.
Many of the employees are performing multiple tasks that previously would have been managed by more than one person. Hood said an example is Jim Rodems, who now manages both the community center and the parks and recreation department.
The bulk of the top earners are public safety employees, which Hood said is standard in those industries. He said many other cities pay more for their fire and police personnel.
Fire Division Chief Aimee Murry said the top earners from the fire department are all managers.
She said the fire chief oversees the entire department. As division chief, Murry said she oversees all the deployment of firefighters, hiring, purchasing and all the broad operation tasks. The four battalion chiefs are responsible for running each shift.
With employee concessions, one of the changes that has occurred is that previously firefighter captains and engineers could earn more than the administrative positions because of overtime. During this fiscal year, employees instead must bank overtime instead of cashing it out now.
|City of Lodi High Earners|
|Salaries are based on numbers from Aug. 23, and actual salaries have been reduced by employee concessions.|
|City Manager||Blair King||$160,000|
|Interim Electric Utility Director*||Ken Weisel||$159,161|
|Police Chief||David Main||$158,036|
|Deputy City Manager||Jordan Ayers||$145,000|
|City Attorney||Steve Schwabauer||$140,000|
|Fire Chief||Kevin Donnelly||$138,903|
|Public Works Director||Wally Sandelin||$138,750|
|Assistant Electric Utility Director||Demetrio Bucaneg||$136,365|
|Police Captain||Gary Benincasa||$133,469|
|Police Captain||J.P. Badel||$127,113|
|Police Lieutenant||Chris Piombo||$111,224|
|Police Lieutenant||Steve Carillo||$111,224|
|Police Lieutenant||Steven Price||$111,224|
|Water Service Manager||Charles Swimley||$109,102|
|Financial Services Manager||Ruby Paiste||$108,819|
|Fire Battalion Chief||Ron Heberle||$107,784|
|Fire Battalion Chief||George Juelch||$107,784|
|Fire Battalion Chief||Ron Penix||$107,784|
|Fire Battalion Chief||Jeff Larson||$107,784|
|Deputy City Attorney||Janice Magdich||$106,933|
|Parks and Recreation Director||Jim Rodems||$106,465|
|Fire Division Chief||Aimee Murry||$106,409|
|Human Resources Manager||David Gualco||$103,638|
|Construction &?Maintenance Supervisor||Barry Fisher||$103,226|
|Distribution Planning Supervisor||Edward Fitzpatrick||$103,226|
|Utility Operations Supervisor||Abel Palacio Sr.||$102,470|
|City Clerk**||Randi Johl||$101,384|
|Utility Service Operator II**||Patricia Novinger||$101,192|
|Community Improvement Manager**||Joseph Wood||$100,458|
|Building Official**||Dennis Canright||$100,430|
|* Ken Weisel started as an interim director in
August. He was previously assistant electric utility director at a
salary of $136,365.
** These salaries fall under $100,000 with employee concessions.