Police gross the most in 2015
Of 2015’s 20 highest-grossing town workers, 12 were employees of the Wilton Police Department.
The town’s top earner last year in terms of gross pay, which includes base pay, stipends, overtime compensation and, for police and fire, extra duty pay from third-party contractors, was police Capt. John Lynch, who took in $20,900 more than the next highest- grossing employee, fire Capt. James Gies.
As for base pay, which excludes overtime and stipends, the top-paid town employee is Chief Financial Officer Anne Kelly-Lenz, whose fiscal year 2016 salary is $140,000.
This fiscal year, rookie patrol officers are making $59,582, and the highest-paid officers make $81,581. Sergeants make up to $94,632.
The lowest-paid firefighters make $59,415 while the highest- paid make $75,114. Captains who make the most earn $88,222.
Highest-paid in the Department of Public Works is the highway supervisor, who makes $94,730. On the other end of the range are drivers, who are earning $57,574.
Finance Department employees make anywhere from $53,261 for a bookkeeper or clerk, to $99,967 for a controller.
The top 10 earners in calendar year 2015 in terms of gross pay were as follows:
- John Lynch — police captain — $183,546.
- James Gies — fire captain — $162,656.
- Sandy Denies — former chief financial officer — $159,904.
- Robert Crosby — police chief — $148,901.
- Kip Tarrant — police detective — $143,061.
- Tom Thurkettle — public works director — $140,582.
- Peter Trahan — police detective — $139,401.
- David Chaloux — firefighter — $138,749.
- David Hartman — police sergeant — $137,120.
- Paul Lichtenberger — police officer — $136,720.
The employee who took in the most in extra duty earnings was police Det. Kip Tarrant, who earned $45,887 in third-party compensation — a number greater than 50% of his fiscal year 2016 base salary of $85,658.