New salary data shows overtime boosted pay for hundreds of city employees by at least 50 percent

A police lieutenant's total pay of $166,200 exceeded Mayor Rawlings-Blake's earnings

August 08, 2012|By Scott Calvert | The Baltimore Sun


Baltimore City posted new pay data for city workers on its Open Baltimore website Wednesday, and the numbers once again illustrate how overtime can help lift incomes far above annual salary levels.

The figures show that 328 municipal employees — 172 at the Police Department — received gross pay at least 50 percent above their salary. The data covers fiscal 2012, which ended June 30.

Police Lt. Stephen C. Nalewajko Jr. made more money than MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake, earning $166,200 compared to the mayor’s gross pay of $161,800.

Three other city agencies had double-digit numbers of employees whose actual pay was at  least 50 percent higher than their salary. Those are the Bureau of Waster & Wastewater (45), the Department of Transportation's Highways unit (37) and crossing guards (36). Crossing guard salaries are typically in the $10,000 range.

Firefighter/paramedic David H. Anderson was paid $154,500 last fiscal year, or more than 2 1/2 times his $58,600 salary, according to Open Baltimore. Most of the difference, $83,300, was for back pay he received under an agreement approved in October by the Board of Estimates. Meeting minutes do not detail the reason for the back pay.

Citywide the No. 1 salary and gross pay both went to State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein. He was paid $245,400 on a salary of $238,800.

Rounding out the top five salaries: recently retired Police CommissionerFrederick H. Bealefeld III($197,700), Finance Director Harry E. Black ($180,000), mayoral Chief of Staff Alexander M. Sanchez ($175,000, more than his boss makes) and Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot ($170,000).

Rawlings-Blake previously donated a 2.5 percent pay increase to the city’s YouthWorks program.

The list of 16,050 employees in the database does not include those who worked during fiscal 2012 but have since left the municipal payroll. School system salaries also are not reflected.

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