Westport educators, police took home biggest paychecks last year
New year, same pay grade for the employees topping Westport’s public payroll in 2015 — educators and police personnel again dominated the list of those taking home the largest compensation, according to data released by school district and municipal finance officials.
Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, as he has been for many years, was the highest paid among all public employees with compensation of $282,226 last year. Landon, who will retire at the end of the academic year, was paid $87,278 more than the next highest-paid school district employee, Elio Longo, the director of business operations and third on the overall pay list, with a salary of $194,948.
Police Cpl. Howard Simpson was the second-highest paid employee overall, grossing $202,298 — with his compensation reflecting both police overtime as well as pay for outside jobs, the latter of which the town is repaid by outside contractors. Simpson’s base salary was $83,068, and he netted an additional $53,610 in overtime, $16,615 in holiday and other municipal pay, and $49,005 in outside jobs.
The three highest-paid employees held the same positions on the 2014 public payroll.
Police Sgt. Sereniti Dobson, ninth on the 2014 list, moved up to fourth last year with overall compensation of $192,133, with a base salary of $87,395.
TOPS ON WESTPORT’S PAYROLL
Here is the overall list of Westport’s 25 highest-paid public employees in 2015 ( includes overtime and compensation for outside jobs where applicable):
1. Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon, $282,226
2. Police Cpl. Howard Simpson, $202,298
3. Director of School Business Operations Elio Longo, $194,948
4. Police Sgt. Sereniti Dobson, $192,133
5. Police Capt. Vincent Penna, $187,788
6. Police Officer Anthony Falbo, $185,158
7. Police Sgt. Robert Myer, $182,637
8. Police Officer Michael Gudzik, $175,181
9. Director of Secondary Education James D’Amico, $171,560
10. Director of Elementary Education Julie Droller, $171,560
11. Police Lt. Ryan Paulsson, $169,617
12. Director of Pupil Services Michael Rizzo, $165,947
13. Coleytown Middle School Principal Kris Szabo, $165,947
14. Schools’ Director of Human Resources John Bayers, $165,213
15. Bedford Middle School Principal Adam Rosen, $164,867
16. Police Officer David Librandi, $164,767
17. Town Finance Director Gary Conrad, $161,534
18. Schools’ Director of Technology Natalie Carrignan, $161,519
19. Coleytown Elementary School Principal Janna Sirowich, $161,519
20. Police Capt. Samuel Arciola, $159,599
21. Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, $154,020
22. Police Chief Dale Call, $153,609
23. Saugatuck Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Messler, $152,713
24. Long Lots Elementary School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick, $152,057
25. Staples High School Assistant Principal James Farnen, $151,499
Police Capt. Vincent Penna was fifth, bringing home $187,788 in gross pay, with a base salary of $126,498.
Rounding out the top 10 on the payroll are: Police Officer Anthony Falbo, fourth on the 2014 list, who was paid $185,158 with a base salary of $80,067; Police Sgt. Robert Myer banked $182,637 in gross pay, with a salary of $93,080; Police Officer Michael Gudzik grossed $175,181, with $78,301 from outside jobs and base salary is $80,367, and Director of Secondary Education James D’Amico and Julie Droller, director of elementary education, both were paid $171,560.
Public Works Director Stephen Edwards did not crack the overall top-25 list, but was 19th on the municipal side of the ledger with a salary of $142,485 last year.
First Selectman James Marpe is 113th on the payroll with a salary of $101,475, the same as 2014. Dewey Loselle, appointed by Marpe as town operations director, comes in at 138th on the list with a salary of $90,656.