October 30, 2014

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Top county wage earners

ELYRIA — County government’s top earner in 2010 retired last year after spending 36½ years working in the public sector.

Joseph DeTillio received a payout of $74,123.13 for unused sick and vacation hours he had accumulated during his time with the county when he left his job as assistant director of the Lorain County Department of Job and Family Services.

He earned $92,338.48 for his actual time on the job, bringing his total compensation last year to a total of $166,461.61, according to records from county Auditor Mark Stewart’s office.

“I’m not the top earner if you look at my salary,” said DeTillio, who continues to work as a consultant on an as-needed basis for the department.

DeTillio narrowly beat out the county’s second-highest earner, county Coroner Paul Matus, who earned a total of $163,702.90. Matus earned $115,703 as the elected coroner but also drew a salary of $47,999.90 for work he did for the Lorain County General Health District.

The third-highest-paid employee was longtime county employee Ronald Twining, who retired as assistant county administrator this summer with total earnings last year of $154,925.70. Twining earned $67,616.64 in salary before he retired and was paid out $87,309.06 for unused vacation and sick time.

Health district Commissioner Kenneth Pearce was the fourth highest earner last year with a salary of $136,787.56.

Trailing Pearce was county Engineer Ken Carney, who pulled in a total of $132,954.77, but $32,716.61 of that came from his second job as the county’s sanitary engineer, a position that isn’t elected and in which Carney reports to the county commissioners.

Gary Crow, the executive director of Lorain County Children Services, had the sixth highest salary in the county, earning $131,425.10 last year.

In the list of earners who are paid by through the county Auditor’s Office, county Administrator James Cordes finished seventh, earning $117,603.20 last year.

But Cordes wouldn’t even make the list if the county’s 10 Common Pleas Court judges were included.

Each judge made $121,350 last year, but the county pays each only $14,000. The rest of the salary is paid by the Ohio Supreme Court, said county Probate Judge James Walther, who serves as presiding judge.

“Our salaries are set by statute,” he said.

Not counting the judges, county Prosecutor Dennis Will finished with the eighth highest salary last year, bringing in $116,326.18.

But Will also paid the county back $1,500, according to the Auditor’s Office. Will has said previously he returned a portion of his salary after he cut the pay of his workers because of budget cutbacks.

Rounding out the list in the ninth and 10th spots were two other agency directors.

Mary Lou Golski, who heads up Job and Family Services, received compensation of $114,192 last year. Charles Neff, executive director of the county Board of Mental Health, earned $113,928.28 in 2010.

Top county earners:

  1. Joseph DeTillio, $166,461.61
  2. Dr. Paul Matus, $163,702.90
  3. Ronald Twining, $154,925.70
  4. Kenneth Pearce, $136,787.56
  5. Kenneth Carney, $132,954.77
  6. Dr. Gary Crow, $131,425.10
  7. James Cordes, $117,603.20
  8. Dennis Will, $116,326.18
  9. Mary Lou Golski, $114,192.00
  10. Charles Neff, $113,928.28

Note: The 10 judges in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas have been excluded from this list because the county paid only $14,000 of their $121,350 salaries in 2010. The remaining $107,350 of their salaries was paid for by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.