Who earns the top city salaries in Danbury?
DANBURY - Which public servants earn the top salaries in Danbury and what do they do?
The answer may surprise you.
The city’s top salary earners run departments that provide core services Danburians expect from their taxes, ranging from road maintenance to public safety.
The city’s directors of finance, planning and public works top the list of the highest-paid municipal employees, along with the police and fire chief.
High profile politician Mayor Mark Boughton just misses the Top 10 list, coming in at number 11 with an annual base salary of $122,000.
The payroll records, which do not include overtime, show Antonio Iadarola is the highest-paid city employee with a salary of $173,700 as the director of public works, and a stipend of $35,000 for being the acting city engineer.
Finance Director David St. Hilaire has a salary of $177,500, followed by Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour at $141,000, Fire Chief T.J. Wiedl at $140,700 and Planning Director Sharon Calitro at $129,000.
Rounding out the top 10 salaries are Laszlo Pinter, deputy corporation counsel, at $128,900; Shaun McColgan, deputy police chief, at $128,000; Mark Omasta, assistant fire chief, at $128,000; Daniel Garrick, assistant finance director, at $127,000; and David Day, superintendent of public utilities, at $123,000.
The top 10 does not include school employees or administrators as that information is provided separately by the city. Hearst Connecticut Media has a request for the information pending with the school district.
Iadarola earns an extra stipend because he oversees the engineering department. The arrangement, which was formalized in 2018, saved the city another six-figure cost in salary, Human Resources Director Virginia Alosco-Werner said.
“If you consider that with Antonio we don’t have to spend another $140,000 on a city engineer, we save $100,000,” Boughton added.
After Boughton, the next highest-paid city employees are Stephen Nocera, director of project excellence, at $120,900; Katie Pearson, library director, at $120,000; Frank Gentile, manager of information technology, at $117,700; Mitchell Weston, police detective captain, at $116,000; Lisa Morrissey, director of health and human services, at $115,000; Timothy Nolan, superintendent of highways, at $115,000; and Daniel Mulvey and Robery Myles, both police captains, at $112,000 each.
Boughton said he will assess whether to award raises to department heads and top administrators in January.
He has already decided that he will not immediately fill the position held by Nocera, who plans to leave for a public sector job at the end of spring.
“Our top salaries are less than what people can get in the private sector, and Stephen getting an offer that we could not match is proof of that,” Boughton said. “But we don’t have a lot of turnover because people like to work here.”