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Mayor’s Office Refuses to Answer Questions on New Parks Director’s Qualifications

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Wendy Nilsson (photo via Facebook)

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Tuesday that he is appointing parks advocate and community organizer Wendy Nilsson to serve as Superintendent of the Providence Department of Parks + Recreation, but Nilsson does not meet the minimum requirements for the position, according to the city’s charter and the posted requirements for the job.

The posted application for the position includes the requirement of a “minimum of ten years of experience in fields related to park administration or the equivalent in training or experience working with the public sector.” The city charter states that the Superintendent “shall be a person holding at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of five (5) years' experience in fields related to parks' administration or the equivalent in training or experience.”  

Nilsson has been Executive Director of the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit that claims it “brings community, business and City resources together to improve the City’s park system,” since January of 2012, and a press release by the city also cites experience with Boston Community Centers and the Rhode Island Department of Education, as well as founding the “Friends of Brown Street Park” in 2006.

The mayor’s office did not respond to requests for comment nor would they provide a resume.

The Providence Department of Parks + Recreation oversees the operation of over 100 city parks and employs roughly 170 people. The department is responsible for the operation of the Roger Williams Park Zoo and casino, the Museum of Natural History, the Botanical Center, the Alex and Ani City Center ice skating rink, North Burial Ground, Triggs Memorial Golf Course as well as community parks and greenspace throughout the city.

According to the latest 990 filings of “Partnership for Providence Parks”, the organization had $37,760 on hand.  In contrast, the annual budget for the Parks and Recreation Department for FY 2015 was nearly $14 million. The posted yearly salary for the Superintendent of Parks is $102,566.

The City of Providence's job application also requires a “demonstrated experience supervising and managing a large number of employees; experience with a unionized work force a plus” and “demonstrated knowledge of funding park and recreation activities with private and government grants, concessions, and other earned income activities” as requirements for the position.

Nilsson’s predecessor, Robert McMahon, who retired earlier this year, began his tenure with the Parks and Recreation Department as a Deputy Superintendent in 1986, before assuming the post of Superintendent in 2008. McMahon was a graduate of Brown University and held a Master’s Degree in planning from the University of Rhode Island. Nilsson holds a Master’s of Education degree in Education Policy specializing in Community Education from Boston University, and graduated from Wheaton College in 1988.

In a statement, Elorza said “I am pleased to welcome Wendy to her new role as Parks and Recreation Superintendent. Park space and public recreation are critical components of healthy urban communities and I know that Wendy will serve the City of Providence with distinction.”

“I am thrilled to be appointed by Mayor Elorza to this position,” said Nilsson. “Our goal with Providence’s extensive parks and recreation system should be to develop it so that sports, recreation, arts, and play will engage and inspire everyone who lives in the City.”

Nilsson and her husband live on the East Side of Providence.

The City Council must approve her appointment.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that the cash on hand for the Partnership for Providence Parks at the end of FY 2013 was $65,394. This amount was the total gross receipts of the organization. The cash on hand was $37,760. 

 

Related Slideshow: City Employees with the Highest Salaries

How much does a top position in Rhode Island’s capital city fetch in pay and benefits? GoLocalProv has identified the 40 highest earners in the city (excluding school workers) by the amount of total compensation they receive. The data, which was provided by the city, breaks out pay in four categories: base pay, longevity, overtime, and details. City contributions towards three benefits are also shown: medical, dental, and retirement. In the below slides, the top 40 highest earning workers for fiscal year 2013 are listed from least to greatest.

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#40 Alyssa B. Deandrade

Department: Police

Position: Police Lieutenant

Total Compensation: $146,690.77

Pay

Base: $77,210.61

Longevity: $7,393.16

Overtime: $22,337.05

Detail: $24,533.14

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $4,219.62

Dental: $421.72

Pension: $10,575.47

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#39 Arianne Lynch

Department: Mayor's Staff

Position: (Former) Deputy Chief Of Staff

Total Compensation: $147,159.76

Pay

Base: $127,507.25

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,380.08

Pension: $5,737.83

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#38 Clarence A. Cunha

Department: Fire

Position: Acting Deputy Assistant Chief

Total Compensation: $147,372.06

Pay

Base: $91,807.36

Longevity: $7,949.52

Overtime: $18,839.30

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $12,686.83

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#37 Kristopher S. Wright

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $147,585.09

Pay

Base: $58,663.74

Longevity: $4,447.53

Overtime: $48,507.28

Detail: $11,848.81

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,028.67

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#36 Thomas M. Miller

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total Compensation: $147,951.99

Pay

Base: $64,547.59

Longevity: $6,476.44

Overtime: $51,832.96

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $9,005.94

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#35 Daniel Crowley

Department: Fire

Position: Deputy Assistant Fire Chief

Total Compensation: $148,230.56

Pay

Base: $93,692.88

Longevity: $9,855.21

Overtime: $17,904.62

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.6

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $12,943.51

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#34 Alan N. Lippacher

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total Compensation: $148,783.985

Pay

Base: $63,829.18

Longevity: $6,602.73

Overtime: $53,326.52

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,936.495

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#33 David A. Soscia

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Battalion Chief

Total Compensation: $149,017.14

Pay

Base: $86,012.90

Longevity: $7,577.69

Overtime: $27,426.18

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $11,911.31

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#32 Michael Krasnowiecki

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Captain

Total Compensation: $149,110.485

Pay

Base: $68,849.54

Longevity: $6,762.06

Overtime: $47,784.88

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $9,624.945

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#31 Thomas E. Crowley

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Captain

Total Compensation: $149,965.63

Pay

Base: $69,535.07

Longevity: $7,177.86

Overtime: $47,429.98

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $9,733.66

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#30 John P. Morgan

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $150,207.15

Pay

Base: $58,102.50

Longevity: $6,116.69

Overtime: $57,905.69

Detail: $3,847.12

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,146.09

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#29 Timothy S. Printer

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $150,731.68

Pay

Base: $58,369.52

Longevity: $6,115.36

Overtime: $61,938.32

Detail: $3,847.12

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,219.42

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#28 Adam Chuman

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $151,066.51

Pay

Base: $58,490.27

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $61,915.02

Detail: $7,149.18

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $7,422.98

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#27 Michael E. Correia

Department: Police

Position: Police Captain

Total Compensation: $151,421.89

Pay

Base: $81,206.12

Longevity: $8,538.4

Overtime: $36,811.50

Detail: $1,264.85

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $11,083.47

Dental: $1,299.48

Pension: $11,218.06

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#26 Stephany Blackwell

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Technician

Total Compensation: $154,001.24

Pay

Base: $61,045

Longevity: $4,086.68

Overtime: $64,492.87

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,287.63

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#25 David J. Duggan

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $154,416.91

Pay

Base: $59,196.60

Longevity: $5,559.42

Overtime: $55,445.58

Detail: $9,910.95

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,215.30

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#24 Joseph R. Desmarais

Department: Fire

Position: Deputy Assistant Fire Chief

Total Compensation: $154,544.52

Pay

Base: $91,623.12

Longevity: $9,079.63

Overtime: $27,402.94

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $12,604.49

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#23 William R. Kenyon

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Battalion Chief

Total Compensation: $154,611.78

Pay

Base: $83,959.36

Longevity: $7,290.02

Overtime: $35,718.41

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $11,554.93

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#22 Bryan D. Hawkins

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Captain

Total Compensation: $155,608.63

Pay

Base: $69,542.14

Longevity: $6,601.81

Overtime: $41,215.01

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $27,303.36

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $9,646.56

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#21 Steven Pare

Department: Administration

Position: Public Safety Commmissioner

Total Compensation: $156,147.90

Pay

Base: $149,423.83

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: N/A

Dental: N/A

Pension: $6,724.07

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#20 Eric E. Fallon

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $156,404.55

Pay

Base: $55,236.24

Longevity: $5,829.36

Overtime: $63,076.02

Detail: $8,430.13

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $7,743.74

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#19 Brian R. Chin

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $157,360.51

Pay

Base: $58,983.30

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $84,865.12

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $5,618.60

Dental: $421.46

Pension: $7,472.03

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#18 Carl H. Richards

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $157,878.05

Pay

Base: $57,446.04

Longevity: $6,115.36

Overtime: $64,351.37

Detail: $5,808.93

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,067.295

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#17 Fausto G. Garcia

Department: Police

Position: Police Officer

Total Compensation: $158,048.96

Pay

Base: $57,220.64

Longevity: $5,477.53

Overtime: $4,296.80

Detail: $70,833.77

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $11,083.47

Dental: $1,299.48

Pension: $7,837.27

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#16 Thomas L. Cassin

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Captain

Total Compensation: $158,104.17

Pay

Base: $68,755.40

Longevity: $7,305.32

Overtime: $56,308.60

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $9,645.80

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

Photo: Flick/401(K)2013

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#15 Thomas F. Oates, III

Department: Police

Position: Deputy Police Chief

Total Compensation: $158,736.47

Pay

Base: $116,423.81

Longevity: $12,378.08

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $16,100.24

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#14 Michael L. Pearis

Department: Finance Administration

Position: Director of Finance

Total Compensation: $159,370.71

Pay

Base: $139,192.37

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,380.08

Pension: $6,263.66

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#13 Peter A. Tagliaferri

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total Compensation: $159,656.86

Pay

Base: $63,350.24

Longevity: $4,877.01

Overtime: $66,683.79

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,656.76

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#12 Michael A. Legault

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $159,740.28

Pay

Base: $57,446.04

Longevity: $6,115.36

Overtime: $72,016.89

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,072.93

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#11 Gregory D. Paolo

Department: Police

Position: Police Sergeant

Total Compensation: $160,715.32

Pay

Base: $70,277.64

Longevity: $6,818.24

Overtime: $30,025.64

Detail: $31,573.87

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $11,083.47

Dental: $1,299.48

Pension: $9,636.985

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#10 Andre' M. Ferro

Department: Fire

Position: Firefighter

Total Compensation: $162,109.81

Pay

Base: $58,333.41

Longevity: $6,251.76

Overtime: $61,589.16

Detail: $11,668.47

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1299.74

Pension: $8,177.95

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#9 James P. Mirza

Department: Fire

Position: Deputy Assistant Fire Chief

Total Compensation: $164,737.13

Pay

Base: $91,623.12

Longevity: $9,722.85

Overtime: $36,888.57

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1299.74

Pension: $12,668.24

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

Photo: Flickr/Tax Credits

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#8 J. J. Varone

Department: Fire

Position: Acting Fire Battalion Chief

Total Compensation: $165,600.53

Pay

Base: $84,914.32

Longevity: $7,290.02

Overtime: $45,628.29

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1299.74

Pension: $11,678.85

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#7 James S. Bennett

Department: Planning & Development

Position: Director of Economic Development

Total Compensation: $170,061.83

Pay

Base: $149,423.11

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,380.08

Pension: $6,724.04

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#6 Zachariah Kenyon

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Lieutenant

Total Compensation: $172,514.51

Pay

Base: $63,589.71

Longevity: $4,877.01

Overtime: $79,272.01

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $8,686.72

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

Photo: Flickr/401(K) 2013

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#5 Boyce Spinelli

Department: Water Supply Board

Position: General Manager, WSB

Total Compensation: $177,418.15

Pay

Base: $150,392.56

Longevity: $9,299.47

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $9,159.90

Dental: $1,380.08

Pension: $7,186.14

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#4 Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

Department: Police

Position: Police Chief

Total Compensation: $180,872.02

Pay

Base: $134,397.90

Longevity: $14,080.04

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $18,559.74

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#3 Luis F. Sanlucas

Department: Police

Position: Police Lieutenant

Total Compensation: $190,234.68

Pay

Base: $77,210.61

Longevity: $8,148.40

Overtime: $9,003.18

Detail: $72,819.67

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $11,083.47

Dental: $1,299.48

Pension: $10,669.88

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#2 Michael D'Amico

Department: Mayor Staff

Position: Director of Administration

Total Compensation: $196,086.60

Pay

Base: $174,327.20

Longevity: $0.00

Overtime: $0.00

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $12,534.60

Dental: $1,380.08

Pension: $7,844.724

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

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#1 Vincent J. D'Ambra

Department: Fire

Position: Fire Rescue Captain

Total Compensation: $218,145.27

Pay

Base: $68,762.44

Longevity: $7,290.03

Overtime: $116,356.94

Detail: $0.00

Benefits (City Contributions)

Medical: $14,789.32

Dental: $1,299.74

Pension: $9,646.80

Note on Detail Pay: Details are normally funded by the private parties that require it. But some detail pay is funded directly by the city. Payroll data provided by the city Law Department does not distinguish between the two.

 
 

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