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Monday, December 02, 2013

 

Following GoLocal's look at the highest compensated city employees, GoLocal reached out to 2014 Mayoral candidates for their input on the issue. Photo: Anatoli Lvov

An investigation into the salaries in the City of Providence uncovered that one Providence firefighter earned more than $200,000 in salary, overtime and benefits. The salary stands in stark contrast to the per capita income in the City of Providence of $21,628.

According to GoLocal's review, Vincent D'Ambra earned $218,145.27, with $116,356.94 coming in overtime payments alone to D'Ambra in fiscal year 2013. He was not the only city employee receiving salaries and benefits over $150,000. City records showed that last year, twenty three firefighters and four police officers earned almost as much, if not more in longevity, detail, and overtime than they did in their regular base pay.

See Providence Employees with the Highest Salaries BELOW

GoLocal spoke with 2014 Providence Mayoral candidates for their perspective city salaries, and their views on municipal compensation levels -- and overtime.

"The overtime pay has to be looked at -- it is not only a matter of pay but hours worked (and stress)," said Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop. "Having been referred, over the years, an extraordinary number of firemen from Providence seeking disability because of psychiatric issues (mainly post-traumatic stress disorder) I have first-hand experience that this is not only ruining the city budget (in your report, one fireman got nearly twice the base pay in overtime) but ruining their health -- this is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed by the mayor and public safety director."

Harrop continued, "The whole payroll needs to be looked at. I have made a campaign pledge that, as Mayor, I would NEVER raise city taxes (we already have the highest commercial tax rates in the country two years running, as GoLocal has nicely documented) -- how do we do that? -- one of the principal areas to cut is the payroll and especially the overtime."

Looking at Providence Pay Levels

GoLocal's investigation found that in total, the 40 highest paid city employees in Providence earned $6.3 million in pay and benefits -- and two Mayoral candidates have pledged to conduct comprehensive reviews of the city's payrolls if elected.

Democratic contender Lorne Adrain, who is the former chair of the R.I. Board of Governors for Higher Education and currently managing director at Ballentine Partners, a wealth management firm, said that if elected, he would conduct a "comprehensive review of staffing" in the city.

"One of the most important jobs of any Mayor is to ensure taxpayers receive fair value for their hard-earned dollars. This involves more than just making sure people are being paid the right amount, no more and no less than they deserve. It also means you have the right number of people with the right skills doing the right jobs," said Adrain.

"We need a comprehensive staffing review of City government. The world of work has changed immeasurably in recent years. The taxpayers of Providence deserve to have a city workforce that is in line with the times. As Mayor I will lead a comprehensive review of staffing - looking at salaries, work assignments, and maximizing flexibility to ensure residents have a high performing city government. I want Providence to be a great place to live and do business, it must have a high value, responsive, innovative government, not one bound by the systems and standards of the past," continued Adrain.

Addressing the overtime issue, Adrain said, "Overtime can be either a smart and efficient tool in managing the city or it can be a waste of taxpayer dollars. Managers should be evaluated on cost-effectiveness of their departments. This includes controlling expenses like overtime and measuring the quality of service their team delivers."

Brett Smiley, the founder and owner of the development, election compliance and advocacy business CFO Consulting and Democratic Mayoral candidate, said that he would as well look at the city's payrolls should he take office.

"I will conduct a comprehensive review of the city salaries to ensure taxpayer funds are being well spent. I have the deepest gratitude for those who serve the city in any capacity, and I also recognize that improving our economy requires a close examination of our spending. I have experience building and growing a business, and I know how to ensure that we are spending money most efficiently while also guaranteeing everyone a fair wage. Special emphasis will be placed on examining overtime costs with the goal of putting in place a more cost-effective approach," said Smiley. 

Compensating Top Talent?

Notably, ProvidenceMayor Angel Taveras was not on the list of the city's 40 highest paid employees..

Former Providence Housing Court Judge and tenured Roger Williams University professor -- and declare candidate -- Jorge Elorza noted, "Salaries are by far the largest share of the city budget and because of that, we should always keep a close eye on them. With that said, we have to be strategic in how we balance the budget. Attracting and retaining top-notch talent requires that we pay a competitive salary. In addition, as Mayor, I will hold each of my department heads accountable for efficiently and effectively delivering high-quality city services.

Harrop, who took issue with overtime costs, commented on the base compensation levels. "The salaries are acceptable. They appear in line with similar cities."

Mayor Angel Taveras ranked #152 on the payroll, with a base salary of $112,500 and a total compensation of $131,025 last year.  


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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Comments:

bill bentley

So, Taveras is the 152nd least important person in Providence? Sounds reasonable. Do these firefighters have 2nd homes in public facilities, cause the #s just don't add up. why not make them all exempt? That would solve that problem.

Odd Job

wonder what percentage of these gov't workers are millionaires?

lupe fiasco

Before I worry about the workers, i'd like to see welfare et al get under control first.

David Beagle

Listen, these workers making huge overtime are only taking FULL advantage of a system that democrats have given them. Period. Taveras can talk about making unpopular, tough decisions on hiking taxes until the cows come home, but when you see where the lion's share of taxes are going. doesn't it make you wonder whether he cares more about keeping the unions happy or the tax payers happy? Neither will EVER be happy at the same time.

pearl fanch

Funny, how anyone who speaks out against the firefighters or policemen or their unions, get lambasted. These unions are SO corrupt, it's comical.....and the beat goes on and on.
This is one of the reasons so many people are leaving this CORRUPT state!!

pearl fanch

Within a year or two, this clown will be on a lifetime disability pension.....because that's the second part of the public union SCAM. Mark my words!!!

Jimmy LaRouche

Nice work for a high school grad if you can get it. Pays to know a guy...coupled with a legislature and judges such as Stearn who pander to the FF's union.

anthony sionni

Lets not forget Taveras keeps giving his staff raises, many who make six figure incomes. Just look at Damico,his chief of staff, he was making $175,000 and July 1st, got another raise,now he makes $180,000.

JOJO MONKEY

Taveras! LOL

michael riley

Salaries and overtime are one thing. But Providence has a bigger problem. Over 50% of municipal tax revenue goes to paying off the ARC (Annual Required Contribution) for both the Pensions and OPEB, which is even bigger than the enormous pension deficit. Unsustainable? Insane?

Walter Miller

Mayoral candidate comment noticeably absent; Council President Michael Solomon. No big surprise!

Why would he speak out now when he has sat silent for almost 10 years and been a chief enabler of both David Cicilline and Mayor Taveras?

He's been on the council (and Finance Committee) for many years and as such, well aware of this ongoing financial drain. Solomon's deaf, dumb and blind routine has served him well, but not the taxpayers.

Mark St. Pierre

When management doesn't want to hire and rather pay overtime, this is what you get. Don't blame the worker, if his or her boss asks them to work overtime only a fool would refuse it ! Public safety has a cost, the apparatus has to get out with a warm body or two on it! So, when the politicians tell you their saving money by keeping positions vacant, are they really saving money.

James Berling

And that’s why we need the public sector unions—to prevent the poor city employees from being taken advantage of by the big nasty City and those penny-pinching taxpayers.

KEEP VOTING STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT TICKET!

David Beagle

The contractually obligated rules governing overtime, in the contract is what drives the over time, not federal or state laws. The next mayor is going to have to deal with a new contract, sooner or later, that will be time when tax payers will see who is in charge.

Dave Barry

Fire fighters make their money on the OT. They almost all have a contractual minimum manning. They call out sick, causing their brothers to get OT and they take care of one another. There is hardly a fire dept in the state that doesn't blow its OT budget every year. It is a scam but the firefighters are very politically connected and a simple mayor cannot touch them.
Police details should not be factored into salaries. That is not city money. Details are overwhelmingly paid by private entities. GoLocal could have asked the city what they paid in police details. It is certainly documented somewhere. Details are like having a second job. To factor them in is unethical.

Redd Ratt

How much do soldiers make for overtime?

joe pregiato

And this surprises you? Unfortuneately, the takers now outnumber the givers (taxpayers) in this state. When you add up all the welfare recipiants, Section 8 housing, food stamp receivers, child support, AND throw in all the public employees, and unions; WE ARE OUTNUMBERED. It is only a matter of time before the house of cards collapses. But if you are a taker, why not keep it going as long as possible. If you are a giver (taxpayer), MOVE!

Walter Miller

Yes, sometimes it does appear the takers outnumber the givers (we the taxpayers). However, we the taxpayer need to awaken from the coma we're in and get a seat at the table by becoming active and vocal!

Only when the pols think someone is watching and holding them accountable do they polish their apple.
Until we the taxpayer recognize and, more importantly, take action (vote for different people)), absolutely nothing will change and we'll read about the same payroll abuses again and again.

Katy Sloop

Guess what. Try to find a Providence firefighter who isn't making over 100K including overtime pay. It's a great job, big pay, many paid holidays, early retirement and a fat pension. ....As long as the city doesn't go bankrupt and taxpayers don't ask too many pesky questions. Of course they deserve it because the job is so dangerous. Driving a delivery truck or being an inner city teacher is more dangerous.

Redd Ratt

Katy, is being a soldier dangerous? It amazes me that any cop or firefighter would talk to the danger of their job while were at war. Heck, being a fisherman is more dangerous.

Police and fire should be in social security, and have a 401k type system. There should never have been a system that shortsighted politicians could make quid pro quo pacts that bankrupts a city 30 years after the politician retires.

what cheer

Does the fireman's union have the authority to hire a new academy of firemen? After all, isn't that why the firemen are working so much overtime? Isn't because they haven't hired anyone in about 5 years? It sounds like this is a management problem. I also noticed that they are paying the acting fire chief about half the amount as the police chief. That can't be good for morale. The commissioner of public safety has some questions to answer.

Sammy Arizona

HEADLINE FAIL !
Should read "Providence firefighter IS PAID over over 200K"
NOT EARNS !
Your Welcome Sammy in Arizona
Remember Ronald Reagan disarmed the Marines while ordering them into Beirut, 241 Marines died needlessly.

Christopher Lee

Benjamin Franklin said, "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."

The union dues finance politicians, who, in turn, reward unions with taxpayer dollars. Unsustainable.

Pam Thomas

Odd Job, when you ask how many of these government employees are millionaires, here's the answer: anyone receiving a pension of $12,000 or more a year is a millionaire. In order to receive $12,000 a year at today's 1 percent interest rate, you'd have to have $1 million in the bank. And these pensions are WAY over that. How many private sector people do you know who have managed to save $1 million in the bank? And when you know you have a large pension locked in, you don't have to save anything during your entire career. You can spend it all. THEY ARE ALL MILLIONAIRES once they retire.

And there would be less detail work if there were fewer ridiculous laws like having a firefighter in any public space where more than a certain number of people are gathered. At PPAC the other night when there was smoke in the balcony, one of the three required firefighters there jacking up your ticket prices managed to do the right thing: call the fire department. As a theater-goer with a cell phone, I think I could handle that for free.

bill bentley

Yeah, talk about details. I was on the east side and this police officer is standing in front of barricades texting on his phone while traffic is diverted into a cluster fuck. Any police officer clearing the cluster fuck? Nope just texting, made me 15 minutes late for a meeting. And how about when there's like active construction and their just standing looking into the hole wishing they worked for the gas company while the rest of us are mired in traffic. Classic.
Why not make details available to any Joe who can text or look in a hole?

Katy Sloop

Overtime could be all but eliminated by adding new entry-level firefighters. It doesn't happen because the union LOVES getting paid heavy overtime and basically doubling their take home pay. It would be easy for a decent manager to solve this. People in power dont want to solve it. Firemen routinely call in sick (get paid for that sick day) and have their colleagues come in to take their hours as overtime. Why would the union want to end that gravy train. Believe me...i know all about it...several friends who are police and firefighters. Taxpayers are not respected.

Prof Steve

Create a cadre of "reserve" firefighters -- equivalent to the Army reserve / National guard concept (or long-term subs in public school system). Pay them a fixed stipend a year as long as they make themselves available for "X" number of shifts a year plus a minimum number of training events. Throw in a kicker like paying off student loans up to a certain amount or something other short-term benefit.

Use the reserve cadre to plug shifts.

Other structural changes --

Make public sector pensions either 401Ks or if that is too hard to do then make them, except the disability ones (another issue to address), like military reserve pensions.. must accrue so many years and then can not collect until a certain age. Most firefighters I know in my area either have a second job/part-time job they are doing on the side or get another one once they retire.

Also, rewrite disability retirement so the municipality has the option of employing them in any job that pays equal to their disability pension. So, they have the option of collecting their disability pension and working (at no additional cost) in another job whose physical requirements do not violate their medical limitations.

There are ** plenty ** of jobs that go unresourced because the city and towns can't afford them..I'm not saying take away a desk job that might be the normal transition as a firefighter ages..I'm saying put them to work in the schools, park/recreation, etc. in areas that those organizations need work done but there is no money for..

Wuggly Ump

Has anyone that is complaining about the Fire and Police, exclaiming paid too much, have any of you taken the test? If the job is so wonderful what are you waiting for?

@ lupe fiasco couldn't agree more, get welfare sorted out first.

@ Bill Bentley numbers are not adding up 'cause the city will over estimate what it spends on benefits. An acquaintance and I were discussing this. Health care was brought up. The municipality was claiming $18,000.00 benefit for each employee. The union said it could do it for $14,000.00 and if the municipality would fill out a check for $14,000.00 for each employee they would take health care off the table. Municipality refused saving $4,000.00 per employee per year, 'cause they're not paying what they're saying. Wonder where that money went.

@ Jimmy LaRouche did you take the test? I know landscapers that own several houses and a million dollars or more in equipment, with just a high school diploma. I think we put too much stock in college, I would like to see more opportunities in the trades.

@ Dave Barry minimum manning, a crew of six working on a roof will get it done in a day, two guys same roof three or more days. Landscapers work in crews time is money, cut, trim and pickup, 2 guys do it in a third of the time 3 guys a sixth. The more workers the faster the work gets done, I would think extinguishing a fire should be done as quickly as possible.

@ Redd Ratt soldier's overtime, I certainly didn't get any. There was other compensation though, over seas, combat and hazardous duty pay. Why municipalities don't have a pay scale and pension system similar to the federal government. G-ranks, O-ranks, etc. is beyond me. By the way it was the municipalities that wanted the pensions so they didn't have to pay into Social Security.

@ Christopher Lee B. Franklin's quote is why I agree with lupe fiasco, get welfare and all the programs associated with it fixed before going after workers. I say workers 'cause Police and Fire/Rescue are workers providing a service, and I don't think they're all bad, or only there to screw the taxpayer.

@ Prof Steve I see a reserve fire service being more abused that the system is now. A guy gets called in for a shift goes out on an injury. Who's paying now. I don't like it.

Tom Kenney

Most of the people (pretty much all) who are commenting here have no understanding of firefighting. Most have no accurate understanding of union workers or contracts. Most have an ingrained hatred of unions.

I am a 33 year veteran captain of the PFD and what I am about to state is 100% true.

Of all the UNION members on that list not a single one would have more than a few thousand dollars in overtime pay if the City kept the Police and Fire Departments fully staffed...do I need to repeat that? I hope not, but it is true. The PFD has been understaffed by about 75-80 firefighters, Lieutenants, Captains and Chiefs over the last several years.

Minimum staffing levels only contribute to overtime costs when the departments are understaffed. AND....when they're understaffed, if there were no minimum staffing levels built into our contracts the City would simply shut down stations....1st on a day-to-day and night-to-night basis and then permanently.

Do you really want that? I realize that there are many single-minded people who would state that that would be okay as long as the costs were kept down but the cost in loss of life and property would be the ultimate trade off.

Those are the facts.....




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