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Top earners in King County government? No. 2 might surprise you

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on May 11, 2011 at 8:09 am |
May 11, 2011 8:28 am

Now posted in our SoundInfo section is 2010 pay information for King County. To access the database of county employee salaries click here.

I found a few interesting nuggets in the data for the organization, which has more than 16,000 employees providing everything from animal control to public health to law enforcement to transit services. Among them:

• The top paid employee for King County, somewhat predictably, was Public Health Director David Fleming, who made $263,077 last year. Among those in the top 25 highest paid, 14 were Department of Public Health employees.

• No. 2 was more of a surprise: Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Miner took in $226,756, though his hourly rate was $38.50 or about $80,000 a year straight time. He was one of five deputies to earn more than Sheriff Sue Rahr’s $160,497 and one of nearly 200 department employees to earn six figures. Overtime in the King County Sheriff’s Office has been an ongoing issue as reported here and here.

• County Executive Dow Constantine was the highest paid among elected officials at $196,675. Others were Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg ($162,489), Rahr, Elections Director Sherril Huff ($154,138), Assessor Lloyd Hara ($150,950), District Court judges (who earned about $140,000) and County Council members, who were paid from $115,558 to $131,421.

• Running some raw averages, here’s what folks in various job titles made: Electrician II ($81,036), Corrections Officer ($73,378), Human Resource Analyst ($64,570), IT Project Manager II ($68,581), Mechanic ($68,617), Nutritionist I ($37,499), Deputy ($95,863), Accountant ($64,074), Transit Operator (48,489), Animal Control Officer ($43,459).

• 1,825 out of 16,700-some employees made more than $100,000 last year.

Below is the list of the top 25 highest paid employees in the county.

NameJob titleDepartmentHourly rate2010 Earnings
David FlemingDirector, Public HealthPublic Health$128.40$263,077
Michael MinerPolice Officer (Deputy)Sheriff's Office$38.50$226,756
Manuel OvenaIT Project Executive DirectorExecutive Services$96.60$225,381
Richard HarruffMedical OfficerPublic Health$98.92$216,645
Charissa FotinosMedical OfficerPublic Health$96.60$200,101
James ConstantineCounty ExecutiveExecutive's Office$94.89$196,675
Jeffrey DuchinDisease Control OfficerPublic Health$89.97$194,464
Masahiro NaritaDisease Control OfficerPublic Health$89.97$193,858
Roger HiggsJail Health PhysicianPublic Health$83.79$192,642
Aldo FusaroDisease Control OfficerPublic Health$89.97$191,707
Robert LovellPsychiatristPublic Health$87.86$191,668
Brian WaiblingerManaging PsychiatristPublic Health$92.12$188,875
John RosePsychiatristPublic Health$87.86$187,491
Edward ChristianPolice Officer (Deputy)Sheriff's Office$38.50$187,182
Brian MazrimDisease Control OfficerPublic Health$89.97$182,578
Kevin DesmondDiv Director, TransitTransportation$87.98$182,474
Benjamin SandersMedical OfficerPublic Health$89.97$179,673
James KriegerDisease Control OfficerPublic Health$89.97$176,282
Steven LangeJail Health PhysicianPublic Health$83.79$175,409
Gary ZornesPolice Officer (Deputy)Sheriff's Office$38.50$174,430
Deborah NansonPersonal Hlth Svcs Supv - JailPublic Health$59.00$170,055
Harold TaniguchiDirector, TransportationTransportation$79.91$169,737
Barbara VallorPolice Officer (Deputy)Sheriff's Office$38.50$168,753
Randal PotterPolice Officer (Deputy)Sheriff's Office$38.50$168,320
Fred JarrettAsst. County Exec. Oper. IIExecutive's Office$81.82$168,120

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