Officers lead the way on Fairfield wage earners list
Updated 12:44 pm, Thursday, February 9, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Cops took the top spots on the wage earners list for 2016, knock the former superintendent of schools to the 11th spot.
Lt. Jeff Bloch was on top, with wages of $228,095, of which $3,832 was from outside duty pay. Outside duty is paid for by private contractors who hire police officers, and, in some cases, firefighters to work road jobs or private events.
In contrast, former Supt. of Schools David Title, who retired last August, had earnings of $173,942.
Of the top 25 wage earners, 14 are police officers, eight work for the Board of Education, and three are firefighters. No other town employees, like the fiscal officer or the DPW director, even cracked the top 25. Neither did First Selectman Mike Tetreau, whose annual salary is $134,714.
Top salary earners for 2016.
The number in parentheses is outside duty pay:
Police Lt. Jeff Bloch $228,095 ($3,832)
Police Lt. Chris Tursi $225,323 ($75,080)
Police Officer Kevin Wells $195,801 ($30,066)
Police Lt. Robert Kalamaras $190,459 ($21,607)
Asst. Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood $182,739 ($2,408)
Police Officer Jeremy Zdru $180,545 ($37,779)
Police Officer Christopher Mastronardi $180,164 ($49,372)
Police Sgt. Michael Paris $177,220 ($1,644)
Asst. Fire Chief Erik Kalapir $176,089 ($3,009)
Education Director of Operations Thomas Cullen $175,000
Supt. of Schools David Title (retired) $173,942
Police Lt. Keith Broderick $173,024 ($19,701)
Police Officer Keith Perham $172,942 ($61,569)
Headmaster Greg Hatzis $172,736
Education Director of Finance Doreen Munsell $172,476
Principal Gary Rosato $172,271
Education Human Resources Director Ann Leffert $171,500
Police Det. Bernard Kelley $171,488 ($56,655)
Director of Special Education Andrea Leonardi $170,697
Asst. Fire Chief Scott Bisson $169,974
Police Chief Gary MacNamara $169,881
Police Det. Antonio Granata $169,806 ($14,481)
Police Lt. Michael Gagner $169,516 ($10,069)
Police Officer Donald Matejek $169,368 ($49,101)
Director of Secondary Education Margaret Boice $168,080
In the number 25 spot on the list is Margaret Boice, the director of secondary education, with earnings of $168,080.
Lt. Keith Broderick, president of the police union, said there are some things to keep in mind when looking at an officer’s overtime. “There are no extra lieutenants to back fill when someone takes a day off,” Broderick said. “Lieutenants are typically on for longer, and have more contractual leave time.”
The year-end numbers also include money received for mandatory and discretionary training, for things like firearms, active shooter, legal updates and other mandates.
Broderick also said those assigned to the evening and midnight shifts receive a pay differential for working those shifts. “Lt. Bloch was assigned to, and worked, the midnight shift for all of 2016,” he said.
“Many of our officers made much more than their base salaries,” Broderick said. “Many of those hours were made working construction and security jobs, which make the town money. There are also two universities in town which hire officers on a regular basis. I commend those officers who work hard to provide for their families. These officers work holidays, weekends and nights while most enjoy time off.”
Broderick said police officers spend “numerous hours” away from their families to provide Fairfield with a safe community in which to live.
“Take a look at their base salaries,” he said. “They are not outrageous, they are fair. Salaries in Fairfield are mid-range of salaries for similar departments.”
Broderick said people working in the private sector who work two jobs to provide for their family are labeled hard workers. “The same should hold true for our public sector,” he said.
The base salary for an entry-level police officer is $62,821, while officers at the highest step, or level, earn $77,359. A lieutenant receives a starting salary of $93,043, with the pay at the highest step at $104,009.