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Who are highest paid employees in Puyallup and Lakewood?

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.
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Lots of open government talk at Lakewood council meeting

There was plenty of talk about government transparency at the Lakewood City Council meeting Monday.

As I reported last week, the city’s management hopes lawmakers can figure out a way that cities can recoup some of the cost they endure from people who habitually request public documents, which can require one, maybe two staffers tending to a single request.

One resident, public meetings regular Fredric Cornell, requested almost 78,000 pages worth of documents from Lakewood last year. The city estimated that by late October, his requests had cost almost $16,000 worth of staff time and resources.

On Monday, four residents told the Lakewood City Council that it should, if anything, work to become more transparent.

Paul Wagemann, a Clover Park School District board member, said the city’s approach to solving the dilemma appears more like an effort to be less transparent.

“Let’s make it as open as we possibly can,” he said, adding that, “The more we can get people involved, the better the community will be.”
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