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Who were the highest paid City of Tacoma employees in 2010?

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on April 15, 2011 at 8:00 am |
April 15, 2011 10:35 am
City Manager Eric Anderson = $248,911.12
Utilities Director Bill Gaines = $300,594.80

We now have updated 2010 City of Tacoma employee pay data in our SoundInfo section. (Also see updated public school employee and Pierce County employee data posted earlier.)


Some highlights from the data:

• Tacoma Public Utilities chief Bill Gaines topped the $300,000 mark last year and was again the top paid city employee, ahead of City Manager Eric Anderson at $248,911. Anderson shouldn’t feel too bad. His pay surged from $214,318 in 2009 – after receiving a pay hike last year, as reported earlier by Lewis Kamb.

• Tacoma Utilities managers – mostly Power division employees – made up nine of the 25 top paid employees. Six were fire department employees.

• 745 city employees were in the six-figure club, making $100,000 or more. That’s up from 650 in 2009. (This is total gross pay, including overtime.) Kamb’s overview showed highly paid employees benefited more from the city’s “Compensation and Classification” review, which resulted in raises for thousands of employees over the past couple years.

• Full-time city employees made an average of $74,582 last year. Among larger departments, fire employees took home $96,475, while police employees received $88,680. Lowest paid were library employees at $48,923. (These averages likely understate reality because they include employees who worked only part of the year. The data is essentially a snapshot.)

Below is a list of best compensated city government employees:

RankNameJob TitleDepartmentAnnual Salary2010 Pay
1William GainesUtilities DirectorTPU Director$298,459$300,595
2Eric AndersonCity ManagerCity Manager$235,373$248,911
3Theodore CoatesUtilities Dir Dpty Power SuptPower$234,291$233,585
4Patrick McCartyPower Section ManagerPower$208,790$211,738
5George WhitenerPower Section ManagerPower$208,790$208,886
6Reynaldo ArellanoCity Manager, DeputyCity Manager$209,227$208,446
7Elizabeth PauliCity AttorneyLegal$188,406$187,528
8Robert BilesFinance DirectorFinance$188,302$183,105
9David WardPower Section ManagerPower$182,125$181,819
10Ronald StephensFire ChiefFire$172,890$178,874
11John BriehlHuman Rights/Human Svcs DirHuman Rights/Services$154,773$178,156
12Donald RamsdellPolice ChiefPolice$171,954$177,906
13Jon LendoskyFire Chief DeputyFire$169,657$175,840
14Robert SheehanPolice Chief AsstPolice$169,657$175,188
15Jeffrey JensenFire Chief DeputyFire$168,813$174,598
16Steven HatcherCustomer Services MgrCustomer Service$170,477$172,813
17John PappuleasFire Chief Battalion w25Fire$129,210$172,117
18Chris RobinsonPower Section ManagerPower$179,878$171,784
19Daniel CrottyFire Chief DeputyFire$169,657$171,489
20James HowatsonPolice Chief AsstPolice$169,657$171,342
21Jolene DavisFire Chief DeputyFire$169,657$171,146
22Cynthia WikstromPower Section ManagerPower$171,163$170,876
23Richard McCreaPolice Chief AsstPolice$169,657$169,967
24Dale KingUtilities Dir Dpty Rail SuptRail$170,040$169,755
25Frederick EmrickPower Section Manager, AssistantPower$162,926$169,527
26James DugganFire Chief AsstFire$161,609$167,514
27Dolores StegemanPower Section Manager, AssistantPower$167,024$167,024
28Joy St. GermainHuman Resources DirectorHuman Resources$168,210$166,860
29Faith MuellerFire Chief AsstFire$161,609$166,573
30Richard McKinleyPublic Works DirPublic Works$169,478$165,866
31Rodney KerslakeHearing ExaminerHearings Examiner$160,971$165,159
32Linda McCreaUtilities Dir Dep Wtr SuptWater$161,325$164,945
33James ScottFire Chief BattalionFire$126,691$163,740
34Gary SteinhoffFire Chief Battalion w25Fire$129,210$163,345
35Robert MackUtilities Director DeputyCommunity/Media Services$163,093$162,819
36Steven FischerPower Section Manager, AssistantPower$162,926$161,825
37John LawrencePower Section Manager, AssistantPower$162,926$161,774

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