118 Providence Police Officers Made Over $100K Last Year

Monday, July 20, 2015

 

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A GoLocalProv review of city data shows that 118 Providence Police Officers took home more than $100,000 in pay over the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

In June, GoLocal reported that in fiscal year 2014 (the latest available data at the time), there were 63 firefighters who made more than $100,000. In the next fiscal year, there was almost double the amount of Providence Police who made more than in $100,000 when compared to firefighters from the year prior.

The Providence Police Union has declined to return calls for comment on this story.

(The city’s fiscal year runs from July 1st until June 30th of the next year. The city is currently in the beginning of fiscal year 2016.) The pay totals are comprised of all forms of compensation that police officers receive—base pay, longevity, overtime, detail—that are not related to benefits (health insurance, pension, etc.)

The Detail

Unlike the highest paid fire department employees, who haul in significant portions of their pay through working overtime, the highest paid police department employees make significantly more of their money working “detail”.

Detail pay is pay police officers earn working outside of their normally scheduled hours, often for non-profits, such as parades or other social events, or businesses, such as nightclubs of concerts, that require a police presence to keep order. Total detail pay in the Providence Police Department was slightly more than $4.2 million last fiscal year. That’s roughly 10 percent of the aggregate pay for a police department employee.

The police officer who took home the largest amount of detail pay was Andrew J. Frolich, who earned $73,291 in detail pay last fiscal year. All things considered, Frolich earned $140,103 last year. More than half his pay came from working detail.

There were 2 officers who earned more than $70,000 in detail pay last year, 6 officers who made more than $60,000, and 5 officers who made more than $50,000. There were 317 officers who earned any detail pay last year. Among them, the average detail payout was $13,383.

Cost Effective?

The city is currently negotiations with the fire department to reduce the amount of overtime in the department by moving from a 4 platoon system to a 3 platoon system—a move the administration believes would save millions per year in overtime costs. The fire department union disputes the notion.

But should the city be looking to curb costs in the police department as well?

Evan England, a spokesman for Mayor Jorge Elorza, said that the administration is seeking ways to make the whole city more efficient and cost effective—not merely the public safety departments. Fiscal responsibility will be a hallmark of the Elorza administration, England said.

“The mayor has always been one for fiscal responsibility and making sure that taxpayer resources are spent as efficiently as possible and he will continue to do that across city government,” said England.

The average member of the police department made about $81,000 last year. Total Providence Police Department pay totaled $42,086,595.85.

The Highest Paid

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The highest paid officer was Chief Hugh Clements. Clements made $162,394.98. But unlike the rest of his counterparts, Clements made his pay solely in base and longevity pay.

The second highest paid officer was Lieutenant Richard Fernandes. Fernandes made a total of $155,076.93. Fernandes made a base pay of $83,735.75. Fernandes took home $39,901 in overtime, and 18,128 in detail pay. (The complete list of top paid police officers can be found below.) He made another $4,544.05 in “other pay”.

Most of the highest paid employees in the Providence Police Department made earned their pay by working a mix of detail pay and overtime, similar to Fernandes. However, for the average employees, base pay was a significant portion of their total pay. About $30 million of the $42 million paid to police officers was comprised of “base pay”—that’s roughly 71 percent.

However, unlike the fire department in the year prior, overtime wasn’t such a massive contributor to the average police officer’s pay check. The average police officer took home $7,442 in overtime pay in the most recent fiscal year. In the fiscal year prior, the average firefighter made $14,763—about double that amount.

The police department’s highest overtime earned was Michael Figueiredo, a lieutenant in the department who made just over $48,000 in overtime last year. Figueiredo made a total of $139,886 last year.

Overtime

There were 3 officers who made over $40,000 in overtime last year, and 10 who took home more than $30,000 in overtime.

Overall, there were 468 officers who earned any overtime pay last year. The average pay among those officers was $7,060.85.

England pointed out that a major contributor to police overtime is police officers and detectives working on cases such as violent crimes and homicides. Those instances of overtime are impossible to curb, as police chasing leads on important cases obviously aren’t going to be asked to not work overtime, he said.

Overtime pay made up roughly 7 percent of the pay that police officers earned in the most recent fiscal year.  

Public Sector Pay

Justin Katz, the Research Director for the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank located here in Rhode Island, said that the myth of low public sector pay, thanks to media reports, and the fact that Rhode Island is constantly awash in red ink, has finally begun to crumble after years of reports such as these.

“Only people who really pay no attention at all could accept the proposition that government employees are underpaid. I still don't think enough people understand the problem, and many of those who get it simply pack up and leave, but the notion that elected officials are under constant moral obligation to increase the pay of people paid by taxpayers sounds increasingly absurd,” said Katz.

Monique Chartier, a spokesperson from the Rhode Island Taxpayers, said that taxes in Providence, and elsewhere in Rhode Island, are out of control. Providence currently has the 4th highest municipal property tax in America, and its residential property taxes are among the highest in the nation. Chartier said that the city needs to get its costs under control, not only for the sake of the taxpayers, but the workers as well. If the system becomes unsustainable for the taxpayer, it fails for everyone, she said.

“Public employees provide invaluable services.  We need to ensure that we can continue to pay them by keeping compensation in a range that is at least somewhat affordable to the taxpayer—particularly when so many taxpayers receive salaries and (too often no) benefits that are less than the public sector compensation that they are funding,” said Chartier.

 

Related Slideshow: Providence Police Officers Who Made More Than 100K Last Year

This list is the top 100 of 118 police officers who make over 100k.

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100.

Name: Daniel Famiglietti

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $103,904.07

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99.

Name: Ronald Riley

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $103,940.74

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98.

Name: Patrick Reddy 

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $103,940.74

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97..

Name: Eugene Craven III 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $104,291.05

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96.

Name: John Henderson

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $104,319.8

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95.

Name: Michelle Guerette

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $105,168.59

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94.

Name: Thomas Connetta Jr.

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $105,261.41

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93.

Name: Taft Manzotti

Job Description: Police Person 

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $105,289.57

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92.

Name: Brian Muldoon

Job Description: Police Person 

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $105,383.67

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91.

Name: John Ryan 

Job Description: Police Lieutenant 

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $105,630.24

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90.

Name: Andrew Lawton

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $105,708.47

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89.

Name: Michael Mangan

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $105,709.07

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88.

Name: Robert Papa

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $105,953.73

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87.

Name: Troy Lambert

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $105, 972.41

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86.

Name: Joseph Donnelly

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $106,056

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85.

Name: Vincent Sollitto

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $106,409.48

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84.

Name: Michael Pattie

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $106,412.18

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83.

Name: John Benros

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $106,643.65

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82.

Name: Michael Troia 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $106,699.74

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81.

Name: Brian Dyer

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $106,797.05

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80.

Name: Robert Heaton 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $107,457.42

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79.

Name: Joseph Acampora Jr. 

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $107,725.62

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78.

Name: Henry Remolina

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $108,696.57

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77.

Name: Ivan Tavarez 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $108,735.38

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76.

Name: Miguel Castillo 

Job Description: Police Person 

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $108,874.86

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75.

Name: Timothy O'hara

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $109,549.34

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74.

Name: William Dwyer Jr.

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $109,716.57

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73.

Name: Sandra Kittell 

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $109,877.9

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72.

Name: Francisco Guerra 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time 

Total: $109,895.85

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71.

Name: Jonathan Primiano

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $109,990.25

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70.

Name: Joseph Iannucci 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $110,134.94

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69.

Name: Robert Melaragno

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $110,994.74

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68.

Name: Fernando Lopez

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $111,310.24

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67.

Name: Charles Vieira 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $112,356.21

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66.

Name: Michael Fallon

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $112,696.94

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65.

Name: Curt Desautels 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $113,089.51

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64.

Name: Glenn Morgan

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $113,247.41

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63.

Name: Paul Renzi

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $113,758.73

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62.

Name: Kenneth Vinacco 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $113,803.72

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61.

Name: James Marsland

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Retired - Benefits Pending Ret

Total: $113,555.28

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60.

Name: Jose Deschamps 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $113,820.93

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59.

Name: Scott Mcgregor 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $113,822.29

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58.

Name: John Abatiello 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status:  Active - Full Time

Total: $114,682.7

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57.

Name: Christopher Lourenco

Job Description: 450: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $115,848.68

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56.

Name: John St. Lawrence 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Retired - Benefits Pending Ret

Total: $115,918.78

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55.

Name: Roger Aspinall 

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $115,984.58

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54.

Name: Raymond Hull 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $116,086.93

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53.

Name: Eugene Chin 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $116,193.72

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52.

Name: Juan Robles

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $116,514.53

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51.

Name: Gregory Sion

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $116,542.47

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50.

Name: David Tejada

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $116,542.78

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49.

Name: John Sigillo

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $117,064.44

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48.

Name: Timothy Mcgann 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $117,142.55

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47.

Name: Christopher Calise

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $117,268.81

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46.

Name: Darren Hull 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $117,326.38

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45.

Name: David Girard

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $117,469.37

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44.

Name: Allen Spiver 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $117,608.04

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43.

Name: Andres Perez 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full  Time

Total: $118,148.15

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42.

Name: Pao Yang

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $118,153.21

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41.

Name: Virak In

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active Full - Time

Total: $119,005.41

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40.

Name:  Bernard Gannon Jr. 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $119,314.18

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39.

Name: Thomas Rose

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $119,920.79

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38.

Name: Robert Lepre

Job Description: Police Captain

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $120,134.7

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37.

Name: Matthew Goddard

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $120,376.34

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36.

Name: Andrew Scanlon

Job Description:  Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $120,479.48

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35.

Name: George Stamatakos

Job Description: Police Captain

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $120,569.97

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34.

Name: Dean Isabella

Job Description: Police Captain

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $120,694.98

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33.

Name: Peter Conley

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $120,951.78

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32.

Name: Kevin Lanni

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $121,069.27

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31.

Name: Vincent Pazzetta 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $121,443.08

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30.

Name: Fabio Zuena

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $121,503.01

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29.

Name: Oscar Perez

Job Description: Police Captain

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $121,633.32

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28.

Name: Nicholas  Ludovici

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $122,509.23

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27.

Name: Clifford Torres

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $123,757.41

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26.

Name: Robert Zabinski 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $124,061.06

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25.

Name: Lucio Andreozzi 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $126,511.45

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24.

Name: Francisco Furtado 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $126,520.92

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23.

Name: Anthony Sauro Jr.

Job Description: Police Captain

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $127,506.63

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22.

Name: David Lapatin

Job Description: Police Major

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $129,192.87

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21.

Name: Francisco Colon Sr.

Job Description: Police Major

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $129,242.79

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20.

Name: Wayne Mann 

Job Description: Police Major

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $129,822.14

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19.

Name: Brian Corcoran

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $130,029.77

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18.

Name: Thomas Verdi

Job Description: Police Major

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $130,292.57

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17.

Name: Michael Martinous

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $133,717.77

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16.

Name: Joseph Gallucci 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $134,272.98

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15.

Name: Juan Rodrigues 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $135,810.24

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14.

Name: Alyssa Deandrade

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $139,575.41

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13.

Name: Michael Immondi

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $139,605.89

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12.

Name: Michael Figueiredo 

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $139,886.01

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11.

Name: Andrew Frolich Jr. 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full time

Total: $140,103.12

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10.

Name: Scott Keenan

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $141,816.8

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9.

Name: Michael Correia 

Job Description: Police Captain

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $143,794.78

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8.

Name: Fausto Garcia 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $144,039.99

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7.

Name: Michael Long

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Retired - Benefits Pending Ret

Total: $111,645.57

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6.

Name: Thomas Oates

Job Description: Deputy Police Chief

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $145,107.74

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5.

Name: Ralph Abenante 

Job Description: Police Person

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $146,832.74

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4.

Name: Gregory Paolo 

Job Description: Police Sergeant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $147,336.06

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3.

Name: Luis Sanlucas

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $153,603.52

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2.

Name: Richard Fernandes II

Job Description: Police Lieutenant

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $155,076.93

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1.

Name: Hugh Clements Jr. 

Job Description: Police Chief

Employment Status: Active - Full Time

Total: $162,394.98

 
 

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