You pay them. You should know what you are paying. Here are the top 250 salaries for the City of Albuquerque. Fifty-eight people earn over $100,000. The rest of the top 250 earns above $81,600. We have broken out the top 25 earners separately below.
The list is on a Google spreadsheet. You will have to scroll to the right to the see the salary information. Here is the link again.
The person who is usually the highest paid city employee is not the highest paid in the administration of Mayor Richard J. Berry. That’s because he inherited a contract from the Marty Chavez
administration giving Chavez’ CAO, Ed Adams, a guaranteed salary, even though he had transferred into a post lower in the City Hall hierarchy. On advice from the city’s legal department, Mayor Berry decided not to challenge the contract in court.
Berry’s highest paid employee, his CAO Robert Perry, makes less than his predecessor (who works under him–strange, but that’s the way it is). In general, it appears that the take home pay of political appointees in the Berry administration falls below the salaries of the Chavez administration. Adams, had he been hired into his current position in the Municipal Development Department, would be making at least 16% less. Clerical employees, not covered in the top 250, also take home smaller paychecks, though the cost of their benefits has risen considerably.
The data for this report was compiled by Marcos Portillo, an intern with the Rio Grande Foundation. Mr. Portillo is studying economics at the University of New Mexico after serving as a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Portillo reports that the Berry administration was very helpful and open in providing this data. His questions were usually answered the same or the next day. This is quite a change in attitude from this site’s experience with City Hall under the previous administration. Mr. Portillo is in the process of collecting similar data from other governmental bodies around New Mexico. We will be reporting his findings here as the data becomes available.
Here they are, the top twenty-five earners in Albuquerque City Government under Mayor Richard Berry. Note: Actual earnings may be higher than base salary due to the inclusion of overtime earnings, sick leave sell back, longevity pay, shift differential, incentive pays, and other “special pays.” These figures don’t include take home vehicles, reimbursements, such as mileage and tuition, and vacation and sick leave payouts at retirement or resignation. Earnings displayed are pay issued in the calendar year.
1. Edward Adams Municipal Development $144,773 (seen note below)
2. Robert Perry Chief Administrative Officer 143,355
3. Raymond Schultz Chief of Police 138,063
4. James Breen Fire Chief 123,450
5. Laura Mason City Council Director 121,066
6. Nathaniel Muzik Deputy Fire Chief 115,189
7. Gilbert Santistevan Deputy Fire Chief 115,084
8. Simon Drobik Police Officer 1st Class 114,727
9. Troy Luna Police Sergeant 114,151
10. David Downey Deputy Fire Chief 112,748
11. Clint Hubbard APD, Technical Program Mgr. 112,632
12. Joseph Zamora Fire Commander 112,603
13. Christopher Daniel Finance & Admin, Div. Mgr. 112,486
14. Dawne Roberto Police Officer 1st Class 112,088
15. Jared Frazier Police Officer 1st Class 111,595
16. John Soladay Chief Operations Officer 111,080
17. Joshua McDonald Police Sergeant 110,065
18. Tige Watson Deputy Fire Chief 109,882
19. Paul Feist Deputy Police Chief 109,602
20. Louis Armijo Police Sergeant 109,477
21. Daniel Carr Police Officer 1st Class 108,024
22. Richard Dourte City Engineer 107,401
23. Carmen Kavelman Internal Audit & Inv. Director 107,345
24. Richard Janser Assoc. Director Bipark 107,182
25. Michael Riordan Assoc. Dir. Municipal Devel. 107,120
(Note on Ed Adams salary: Other accounts state his salary as carried over from the prior administration at $147,000. We are looking into why the salaried information provided to us reports a slightly lower level of compensation. Update: we are now glad to say that the mystery is solved. Mr. Adams, like all other city employees was subject to a pay cut proportionate to his base salary. That reduction took effect early in 2011).