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Who are highest paid employees in Puyallup and Lakewood?

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on May 19, 2011 at 8:15 am with 2 Comments »
May 18, 2011 4:50 pm

The latest 2010 updates in our SoundInfo searchable public employee pay databases are two mid-sized cities: Lakewood and Puyallup.

(Search data for Lakewood here.)
(Search data for Puyallup here.)

Some observations from a quick sort and averaging of the numbers.

In Lakewood:

• City Manager Andrew Neiditz was the top-paid employee at $164,491, followed by court security police Sgt. John Fraser at $160,178 and community police Sgt. Mark Eakes at $128,088.

• Sixteen out of the top 25 paid employees were in the police department, mostly officers and sergeants making over their base rate of pay. Six-figure pay for rank-and-file officers isn’t uncommon – we’re finding that local cities and counties routinely rely on overtime in their public safety operations.

• Forty-one out of 300-some employees in the database made $100,000 or more. (Thirty-one of those were in the police department.)

• City Council members were paid $8,400, while Mayor Doug Richardson received $10,800

• Average salaries for other job titles: police officer – all types ($88,215), office assistant ($30,252), human resources analyst ($65,253), maintenance worker II ($53,691), code enforcement officer ($56,333), senior planner ($75,934).

In Puyallup:

• The top paid employee was police patrol Sgt. Robert Thompson at $150,781, followed by City Manager Ralph Dannenberg at $150,153

• City Council members made $13,700 while Deputy Mayor Tamara Brouillet made $14,400 and Mayor Kathy Turner made $15,600.

• Pay for some other job titles: corrections officer ($64,526), court clerk ($48,328), fleet services mechanic 2 ($61,840), librarian 1 ($44,780), parks maintenance worker 2 ($52,958), police patrol officer ($95,398).

• Forty-two out of 300 some employees made $100,000 or more last year.

To see a list of the top paid employees for each city, read on.


NameTitleSalary2011 pay
Andrew NeiditzCity Manager$154,579$164,491
John FraserSergeant Court Security$84,552$160,178
Mark EakesSergeant Community Police$84,552$128,088
Bret FarrarPolice Chief$129,348$125,646
Heidi WachterCity Attorney$126,816$125,556
Anders EstesSergeant Patrol A Graves$84,552$125,004
Michael BugherAsst City Mgr/Development$124,332$123,096
Choi HalladayAsst City Mgr- Adm$124,332$121,802
Don WickstromPublic Works Director$121,896$120,684
Michael NoelSergeant Patrol B Days$84,552$120,296
Ryan LarsonDetective Sexual Assault$74,592$116,334
Sean ConlonPolice Officer Gang$71,040$112,972
Debra YoungHuman Resources Director$112,608$111,492
Jeremy PraterPolice Officer Accident Tech$71,040$110,643
David ButtsPolice Officer Patrol A Grave$71,040$110,414
Ruth Chambers-GradyEco/Development Manager$110,400$109,308
Alice BushCity Clerk$109,308$109,308
Richard HallSergeant Person Crimes$84,552$108,822
Austin LeePolice Officer Patrol A Day$71,040$108,352
Michael ZaroAssistant Police Chief$109,212$107,561
Ryan MoodyPolice Officer Patrol B Grave$71,040$106,726
Mary DodsworthParks And Recreation Director$109,284$106,122
Jason CatlettPolice Officer Drug$71,040$104,940
Martin KnottPolice Officer Patrol B Swing$71,040$104,746
Ryan HamiltonPolice Officer Patrol A Grave$71,040$103,327


NameJob TitleHourly RateGross Wages
Robert ThompsonPatrol Sergeant$41.30$150,781
Ralph DannenbergCity Manager$73.08$150,153
James CollyerPolice Chief$60.85$143,017
Charles VeitenheimerPublic Works Supervisor 2$42.33$142,411
Ron TiedemanIt & C Director$60.85$139,998
Daniel FralickInvestigations Sergeant$41.30$138,289
Stephen SheltonMunicipal Judge$64.72$134,624
Cheryl CarlsonCity Attorney$60.85$129,564
Clifford CraigFinance Director$60.85$128,179
James MorrowDirector$58.51$122,906
Ryan PortmannPatrol Sergeant$45.43$121,060
Bryan JeterDeputy Police Chief$54.42$118,703
Daniel PashonPatrol Sergeant$43.36$118,453
Scott EnglePolice Captain$48.46$114,786
David McdonaldPolice Captain$48.46$114,676
Thomas UtterbackDirector$56.16$114,241
Dalan BrokawPolice Captain$48.46$113,067
Douglas KittsPolice Officer Patrol$35.57$112,872
Donald BourbonPolice Officer Patrol$35.57$112,725
Gary ShilleyPolice Officer Patrol$35.57$111,450
Donald GillInvestigations Sergeant$41.30$110,376
Scott LienPolice Officer K9$35.57$108,975
Colleen HarrisEngineering Services Manager$50.86$108,180
Peter BellmerPatrol Sergeant$41.30$107,706
Robert AndreottiOperations/Maintenance Manager$52.67$106,722

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. commoncents says:

    Here comes the comments about overpaid government employees.

  2. puyallupmutt says:

    For the time Brouillet actually shows up for her Council duties, thats close to $200 an hour. Shows what you can achieve with a third grade education.

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