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Tag: Puyallup

May
16th

Gov. Inslee signs bill to limit where groups of released inmates can live using state money

Cities, towns and counties will soon have more input on where groups of released inmates can live when the state is paying their rent.

Gov.  Jay Inslee signed a measure into law Thursday that would prevent two or more ex-inmates who are using state-issued rental vouchers from sharing an apartment, unless they are renting housing that is on an approved list.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) will be required to notify local jurisdictions when a property within their boundaries is added to the approved rental-voucher housing list, and allow local officials to submit a statement discussing whether the neighborhood

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May
19th

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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Sep.
11th

GOP to hold Puyallup candidate forum

The 25th Legislative District Republican Club will hold a forum for Puyallup City Council candidates next Thursday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S Meridian. Heather Meier, editor of the Puyallup Herald, will moderate. Everyone’s invited.