Police are still town’s top earners

As is the case in many towns, police officers were some of the top earners in Wilton in 2014, making up 11 of the town’s 20 highest-paid workers.
In terms of gross pay, which includes overtime, Capt. John Lynch was the town’s top earner this year.
He took in $14,000 more than the next highest-paid employee, Sgt. David Collins, also a police officer.
In terms of base pay, which does not include overtime or stipends, Sandra Dennies, the town’s chief financial officer, remains the highest-paid member of the municipal staff, with an annual salary of $148,724.
A first-year police officer makes just over $56,000 and the highest-paid patrol officer currently makes $77,574. Sergeants can earn $89,984.
Contracted police salaries were unchanged from last year.
At the fire department, the lowest-paid firefighter makes $63,663, while lieutenants make about $75,000 and captains make about $86,000.
In the public works department, the range of salaries runs from $56,180 for a truck driver to just over $82,000 for a highway supervisor.
Workers in the finance department currently make anywhere from $51,962 for a bookkeeper to $97,386 for the controller.
Salaries of education sector workers are budgeted separately within the education budget and were reported on in the March 26 issue.
The top 10 earners for 2014 in terms of gross pay:
• John Lynch — police captain — $164,076.
• David Collins — police sergeant — $151,707.
• Sandra Dennies — chief financial officer — $146,761.
• Michael Lombardo — police chief (now retired) — $143,446.
• James Gies — fire captain — $140,032.
• Robert Crosby — deputy police chief — $139,450.
• William Brennan — first selectman — $132,867.
• Gregg Kitik — fire lieutenant — $132,204.
• Thomas Thurkettle — director of public works — $131,973.
• Peter Trahan — police detective — $130,876.