July 31, 2014

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Elyria employee earnings

ELYRIA — In 2011, Dan Jaykel was the second-highest paid city employee.

In 2012, he jumped to the top of the list, making the now-former assistant safety service director the highest-paid employee in the city.

Jaykel, who prior to his gig in the mayor’s office was a high-ranking captain in the Police Department with more than 32 years on the job, made $150,408.55 in 2011. He left his most-recent post earlier this month, citing health concerns in his resignation letter.

When Jaykel retired from his police job toward the end of 2011, City Finance Director Ted Pileski said he opted to receive the payoff for unused sick and vacation time over two years. As a result, he received $38,745.31 in 2011 and $77,399.28 in 2012.

Those payouts traditionally bump employees into the Top 10 list each year, but the number of employees who receive generous separation checks is dwindling.

In July 1985, the city changed its policy limiting the number of hours employees could bank and then receive full payment upon retirement. The policy was changed to prevent employees from walking away with tens of thousands of dollars at a time, which could wreck havoc on the city’s budget, Pileski said.

But it was not retirement payouts that pushed a number of salaries up in 2012.

A look at the city’s 2012 wage report shows that from Mayor Holly Brinda to an attendant at the ice skating rink, the city paid out millions to 644 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers. A number of those employees received thousands in overtime — sometimes as much as a typical full-time salary in some occupations.

For example, Police Patrolman William Witt, who was also the fourth-highest-paid city employee of 2012, pulled in the most overtime in the year — a whopping $45,200. It pushed his base salary of $51,665 well into six figures. Whitt was hired in September 1994.

Witt is consistently the highest overtime-earner in the department, making more than $50,000 in 2011 and $21,291.11 in 2010.

A year ago, when overtime in the Police Department reached an all-time high, Brinda said she hoped to reduce the figure drastically. She has had some success, she said, but not nearly as much as she would like.

“Really, we have been looking at ways to get overtime down across the city,” she said. “But that is a part of a larger discussion about compensation in the city. We want to be fair. Employees deserve fair compensation, but we shouldn’t be relying on overtime and longevity to do that.”

Year to date, Brinda said overtime is down $24,000 across the city.

This year, Brinda said she hopes to make a lot more progress in reducing overtime, especially in the Police and Fire departments. Now that a civil service list for hiring and promotion eligibility has been certified and a number of promotions have taken place, the figure should go down, she said.

“We were paying overtime for acting officer pay in the Police and Fire departments,” she said. “Once we were able to move people into higher leadership positions, we stopped paying the overtime. But that did not come until late in the year.”

Brinda also said both departments are operating with federal grants that serve to encourage overtime, especially in the Police Department, where a national COPS grant is designed specifically to pay for overtime.

The COPS grant runs out at the end of 2014, Brinda said.

In the meantime, this year will be the year a number of collective bargaining agreements are looked at by the city. Only through negotiations can some of the stipulations that dictate overtime — like those with the most seniority having the first right of refusal when it comes to overtime — change.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

Complete listing of employee earnings

DEPARTMENT NAME EMPLOYEE NAME TITLE/POSITION BASE PAY LONGEVITY OVERTIME BUYBACKS OTHER YTD GROSS
SAFETY-SERVICE JAYKEL/DANIEL P ASST. SAFETY SERVICE I 137508.66 12899.89 0.00 0.00 0.00 150408.55
FIRE DEPT BRLAS/RONALD A E.M.T. - FIRE CHIEF ASSISTANT 74748.44 18610.55 4363.87 14374.70 4502.00 116599.56
POLICE DEPT CURRIER/BEN E PATROLMEN 79924.08 18335.64 14595.51 0.00 3240.11 116095.34
POLICE DEPT WITT/WILLIAM C PATROLMEN 51655.60 15626.29 45200.05 0.00 3005.00 115486.94
FINANCE ADMIN. PILESKI/THADDEUS AUDITOR 91150.00 18931.05 0.00 3505.77 520.80 114107.62
FIRE DEPT KEITH/CARL W FIRE CHIEF ASST./FIRE MARSHAL 74890.73 17779.91 10534.77 3475.61 4678.00 111359.02
FIRE DEPT CAWLEY/JAMES P E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 65568.74 16874.10 6192.33 12609.38 4082.00 105326.55
POLICE DEPT WHITELY/DUANE P POLICE CHIEF 85412.63 17082.50 0.00 0.00 2797.20 105292.33
FIRE DEPT PRONESTI/JOSEPH D E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 65568.75 16698.25 5903.62 12018.89 4775.12 104964.63
FIRE DEPT BENTON/RICHARD A FIRE CHIEF 85412.63 17082.50 0.00 0.00 1400.00 103895.13
MAYOR'S OFFICE BRINDA/HOLLY C MAYOR 101900.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 1327.70 103227.72
POLICE DEPT JUNCKER/RONALD L NOTARY POLICE LIEUTENANT 68304.34 14670.45 15865.55 0.00 3301.40 102141.74
POLICE DEPT REBSAMEN/ULRICH H PATROLMEN 51655.61 13319.33 30338.96 0.00 4477.00 99790.90
POLICE DEPT DARMSTADT/MICHAEL J PATROLMEN 51655.61 13855.84 31666.55 0.00 2525.00 99703.00
FIRE DEPT DEMPSEY/ROBERT J E.M.T. - FIRE CHIEF ASSISTANT 74748.45 15588.04 3191.65 0.00 6002.00 99530.14
FIRE DEPT NORRIS/JAMISON L E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 65568.75 13511.61 7482.94 8453.97 4082.00 99099.27
POLICE DEPT EICHENLAUB/ANDREW D NOTARY POLICE LIEUTENANT 68304.34 15559.71 9518.84 0.00 3749.96 97132.85
LEGAL ADMIN. SERAZIN/SCOTT F LAW DIRECTOR 96500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 280.64 96780.64
FIRE DEPT MITCHELL/TIMOTHY J E.M.T. - FIRE CHIEF ASSISTANT 74748.44 15296.64 2024.25 0.00 4627.00 96696.33
FIRE DEPT THRASHER/RICHARD A E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 57516.54 15212.05 9042.85 9500.83 4802.00 96074.27
POLICE DEPT HAMMONDS/PHIL C NOTARY POLICE LIEUTENANT 68304.34 13552.90 9953.99 0.00 4047.20 95858.43
W/W POLL. CONTROL KORZAN/TERRY SUPT. - WASTEWATER 74378.98 13581.31 0.00 7867.00 0.00 95827.29
FIRE DEPT MANDOKE/CARL S E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN TRAIN OFF. 66608.75 14902.89 5531.51 2374.20 6280.28 95697.63
W/W POLL. CONTROL LOGAN/KENNETH L COLLECTION SYSTEMS SUPERVISOR 52623.26 10524.63 32001.50 0.00 0.00 95149.39
HEALTH (ADMIN) BOYLAN/KATHRYN C HEALTH COMMISSIONER 72196.62 15820.27 0.00 6904.78 0.00 94921.67
FIRE DEPT DONOFRIO/ROBERT N E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 65568.76 14779.88 2923.94 5406.69 4202.00 92881.27
FIRE DEPT HAYES/CHRISTOPHER B E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 57516.55 14531.93 10623.02 4520.08 3876.32 91067.90
ENGINEERING DEPT. SCHNEIDER/JOHN D ASST. ENGINEER 77806.59 8210.65 2287.89 0.00 0.00 88305.13
FIRE DEPT GALL/WILLIAM A E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 57828.55 12652.65 7041.55 5592.46 4970.72 88085.93
POLICE LEVY STRAUB/TODD B PATROLMEN 51655.60 4544.25 27500.77 0.00 4129.00 87829.62
POLICE DEPT EICHENLAUB/MATTHEW J NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 13450.28 12053.66 0.00 2450.00 87715.98
FIRE DEPT MACK/CARL J E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 65568.75 11846.67 4347.31 1270.33 4502.00 87535.06
POLICE DEPT ROBINSON/LYNN H NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 13774.38 9908.72 0.00 4047.20 87492.34
FIRE DEPT KRUGMAN/ROBERT T E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 57516.55 13617.71 2854.13 7717.91 5645.36 87351.66
POLICE DEPT COSTANTINO/CHRIS P NOTARY POLICE LIEUTENANT 68304.34 13778.36 587.17 0.00 3717.20 86387.07
PARKS & RECREATION GUSTOFF/FRANK J PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR 71668.75 14333.67 0.00 0.00 180.00 86182.42
BUILDING DEPT. LAHETTA/PHILLIP M BLDG INSPECTOR 70834.51 14166.83 0.00 0.00 0.00 85001.34
POLICE DEPT SARGENT/SCOTT P NOTARY POLICE LIEUTENANT 68304.34 13700.62 198.48 0.00 2450.00 84653.44
STREET DEPT. DICKERSON/GARY M SUPT. - SERVICES 65337.72 14063.38 0.00 4979.16 120.00 84500.26
POLICE LEVY FIGULA JR/JOSEPH G PATROLMEN 51655.63 8278.56 20433.54 0.00 3677.00 84044.73
POLICE DEPT COOLEY/JAMES D PATROLMEN 51655.60 12348.44 16042.22 0.00 3774.56 83820.82
FIRE DEPT SHANNON/SID E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.11 12019.03 7961.81 9011.27 4334.00 83779.22
SAFETY-SERVICE SIWIERKA/MARY F SAFETY SERVICE DIRECTOR 83572.21 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 83572.21
POLICE DEPT DUSSEL/MICHAEL E NOTARY POLICE LIEUTENANT 65516.69 13103.39 0.00 0.00 4870.80 83490.88
FIRE DEPT ATKINSON/ROBERT D E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 50726.82 11030.24 6895.94 9013.49 5102.00 82768.49
FIRE DEPT SZABO/KEVIN J E.M.T. - FIRE CAPTAIN 58140.55 11174.77 5894.82 3644.32 3254.00 82108.46
POLICE DEPT PELKO/WILLIAM R NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 11223.19 5157.00 0.00 5547.20 81689.43
POLICE DEPT SMITH/KIRK A NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 12896.66 6742.96 0.00 1950.00 81351.66
PARKS & RECREATION HORWEDEL/JAY M MAINTENANCE MANAGER CDL 48978.02 12587.20 15888.03 3739.68 0.00 81192.93
POLICE DEPT WELSH/JAMES P PATROLMEN 51655.60 8650.55 17749.42 0.00 3025.00 81080.57
POLICE DEPT ROSS/DAVID J PATROLMEN 51655.60 9230.21 15498.94 0.00 4497.80 80882.55
POLICE DEPT WIDMER/JAMES P PATROLMEN 51655.62 8780.48 15654.35 0.00 4778.60 80869.05
POLICE LEVY WEBBER/JACOB D PATROLMEN 51655.61 3459.00 22728.26 0.00 3025.00 80867.87
POLICE DEPT ROTHGERY/BRIAN J IT DIRECTOR 67280.01 13462.15 39.70 0.00 0.00 80781.86
FIRE DEPT ROIG/GEORGE M E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.13 12593.07 8140.11 4372.16 4834.96 80393.43
UTILITIES DEPT. JONES/SHERMAN C SUPT. - PUBLIC UTILITIES 67280.02 12886.55 0.00 0.00 0.00 80166.57
SAFETY-SERVICE HENDERSON/KOURY H IT ASST DIRECTOR 54814.97 6608.95 17825.34 0.00 871.20 80120.46
FIRE DEPT SCHAFFER/WILLIAM D E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.13 11694.20 3900.49 10937.33 3050.00 80035.15
POLICE DEPT MAYNE/DAVID G NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 12704.84 3762.53 0.00 3764.88 79994.29
W/W POLL. CONTROL BARR/STEVEN T EQUIPMENT CONTROL ELECTRICIAN 59934.68 10083.95 8917.82 0.00 665.04 79601.49
FIRE DEPT KNOWLTON/DAVID M E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 57516.55 10746.27 7199.83 0.00 3902.00 79364.65
POLICE DEPT ELLIS JR/RICHARD NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 12490.05 3586.12 0.00 3360.80 79199.01
POLICE DEPT LONGACRE/GARRETT A PATROLMEN 51655.63 11653.44 11586.68 0.00 4177.00 79072.75
FIRE DEPT MARKS/DEAN E E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 57516.54 10791.79 5106.33 2562.94 2828.00 78805.60
FIRE DEPT CASTLE/JEFFREY D E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.12 10587.16 6934.68 6274.14 4542.68 78791.78
WATER DISTRIBUTION ROTHGERY/DAVID M MANAGER - WATER DIST. 52618.18 6132.70 18288.23 0.00 1500.00 78539.11
POLICE DEPT FRANK/LEE R NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 10533.25 2897.15 0.00 5246.53 78438.97
COMMUNITY PLANNING BYINGTON/ANGELA J COMMUNITY DEV/PLANNING DIRECTOR 74076.22 4217.35 0.00 0.00 0.00 78293.57
WATER PUMPING JACOB/SAMUEL F SUPT. - WATER PUMPING 73045.31 3991.22 0.00 0.00 732.96 77769.49
FIRE DEPT MONDA/PATRICK L E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50448.10 12297.14 2452.12 8585.42 3782.00 77564.78
POLICE DEPT WARFIELD/CLARENCE R NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 10823.64 2858.33 0.00 3950.00 77394.01
POLICE DEPT MERRILL/FRED M PATROLMEN 51655.62 10867.58 10800.72 0.00 3977.00 77300.92
POLICE DEPT ADAMS/HARRY P NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 11633.63 2158.53 0.00 3217.20 76771.40
POLICE LEVY WHITING/ROBERT PATROLMEN 51655.62 6913.68 14175.70 0.00 3977.00 76722.00
POLICE DEPT MITCHELL/MARK J PATROLMEN 51655.59 10962.18 9974.37 0.00 3977.00 76569.14
POLICE DEPT BAKER/DEENA L NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 9455.63 3277.67 0.00 4047.20 76542.54
FIRE DEPT MALES JR/PAUL D E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER @ EMT LIEUT. 57516.55 10352.38 4771.75 0.00 3698.00 76338.68
POLICE LEVY GROVE/ERIC J PATROLMEN 51655.60 3978.46 14615.62 0.00 5977.00 76226.68
FIRE DEPT ANDERSON/ERIK C E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.13 12156.11 2427.54 7899.93 3230.00 76166.71
FIRE DEPT NILGES/CHRISTOPHER R E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.13 11954.15 5799.96 3517.66 4178.00 75902.90
POLICE DEPT LESNER/PAUL A PATROLMEN 51655.59 10672.43 9665.86 0.00 3745.00 75738.88
POLICE DEPT BERMUDEZ/DIAMALEN NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 11152.41 1415.42 0.00 2808.00 75137.87
FIRE DEPT SLACK/MARK P E.M.T. - FIRE LIEUTENANT 51000.50 7215.87 7202.12 3881.01 5789.96 75089.46
W/W POLL. CONTROL BYRD/TIMOTHY J MANAGER - WWPC MAINT. 52583.58 10818.78 11650.97 0.00 0.00 75053.33
POLICE DEPT CUNNINGHAM/JASON D NOTARY POLICE SERGEANT 59762.04 8712.16 3537.73 0.00 2603.40 74615.33
POLICE LEVY CONSTANTINO/CHRISTOPHER PATROLMEN 51655.61 3370.07 16445.17 0.00 3025.00 74495.85
W/W POLL. CONTROL FRYE/ANTONIO L LEADMAN I - CDL 54589.85 11365.60 7392.91 0.00 828.00 74176.36
STREET DEPT. PAYNE/SCOTT M MANAGER - STREETS 52623.28 10120.34 11409.94 0.00 0.00 74153.56
FINANCE ADMIN. FARRELL/JOHN T CHIEF DEPUTY AUDITOR 61941.76 8559.40 0.00 3540.28 0.00 74041.44
POLICE LEVY LIGAS/VINCENT M PATROLMEN 51655.61 6337.85 12678.73 0.00 3365.00 74037.19
POLICE DEPT WALKER JR/RICHARD G PATROLMEN 51655.60 10818.85 7415.93 0.00 3983.00 73873.38
FIRE DEPT SELJAN/DAVID S E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.12 11752.43 5358.32 2950.72 3050.00 73564.59
FIRE DEPT VINCZE/SCOTT E E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER @ EMT LIEUT. 50726.82 11693.28 2667.97 5364.85 3050.00 73502.92
FIRE DEPT BLAIR/KURT G E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 56421.78 9093.10 4378.27 0.00 3570.80 73463.95
POLICE LEVY VARGA/AARON M PATROLMEN 51655.60 3727.47 12974.43 0.00 4477.00 72834.50
FIRE DEPT BORTHWICK/DAVID Y E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.13 11421.55 6654.56 0.00 4118.00 72647.24
LEGAL ADMIN. MISHAK/MATTHEW A CHIEF PROSECUTOR 72434.89 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 72434.89
FIRE DEPT ARCABA/CHAD A E.M.T. - FIRE FIGHTER 50453.12 3894.36 4518.94 8436.15 4960.20 72262.77
UTILITIES DEPT. LEHMAN/ROGER C