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Top 50 Earners in Melrose in 2012

Check out the list of the top 50 earners in Melrose in 2012.

Twenty-two of the top 50 earners in Melrose in 2012 were from the Police Department, according to data provided by the city.

Eight of the top 10 earners in 2012 were police officers, including top-earning Detective James Mulrenan who earned nearly $170,000. City Auditor Patrick Dello Russo ($123,105.60) and Joseph Carey ($119,131.57) of the School Department rounded out the top 10 list, finishing eighth and 10th, respectively.

Department of Public Works Director John Scenna finished 14th on the list, earning $115,239.30. He was the top earner of the four DPW employees that made the list.

Meanwhile, Fire Chief Christopher Leary finished 21st overall on the list and was the highest-paid Fire Department employee with a salary of $108,124.83. Four other firefighters also made the list.

Other notable earners include:

  • Health Department Director Ruth Clay finished 22nd on the list, earning $107,081.76.
  • Mayor Rob Dolan placed 24th on the list, earning $105,907.36.
  • City Solicitor Robert Van Campen earned $105,198.10, finishing 25th on the list.
  • Jorge Pazos of the Information Technology Department earned $102,937.76, finishing 31st on the list.
  • Marianne Long of the Human Resources Department earned $97,255.90, placing 36th on the list.
  • Assessor Donald Dragt earned $94,296.49, finishing 42nd on the list.
  • City Planner Denise Gaffey earned $91,792.34, coming in 45th on the list.

The top 50 earners in Melrose made nearly $5.4 million combined in 2012, according to the data. Of the nearly $5.4 million paid to the top earners in 2012, police detail, base salary, overtime, sick, clothing and longevity pay totaled more than $2.4 million, according to the data.

Here's the complete list of the top 50 earners in Melrose in 2012:

Top 50 Earners in Melrose in 2012

Rank Department Employee Name Detail Pay ($)

Base/Overtime/

Sick/Clothing/

Longevity Pay ($)

Earned Income ($) 1 Police James Mulrenan 64,532.75 104,702.96 169,235.71 2 Police David Mackey 42,492.50 89,752.10 132,244.60 3 Police Jon Piasecki 45,298.25 86,431.30 131,729.55 4 Police David Roy 42,551.63 83,899.48 126,451.11 5 Police Paul Norton 24,135.50 101,180.84 125,316.34 6 Police Paul McNamara 28,049.75 97,228.02 125,277.77 7 Police Mark DeCroteau 20,521.75 104,326.98 124,848.73 8 Auditor Patrick Dello Russo 123,105.60 9 Police Michael Lyle
120,746.28 10 School Joseph Casey 119,131.57 11 Police William O'Donnell 26,845.00 90,228.74 117,073.74 12 Police Brian Ladner 33,174.88 83,759.18 116,934.06 13 Police Michael Lynch 25,461.25 90,206.87 115,668.12 14 Public Works John Scenna 115,239.30 15 School Marianne Farrell 113,901.63 16 Public Works Robert Beshara 113,686.26 17 School Patricia White-Lambright 112,031.77 18 Police Charles Byrne 20,601.50 91,013.18 111,614.68 19 Police James Applegate 24,853.50 86,754.31 111,607.81 20 Police Michael Plumer 37,112.13 71,355.76 108,467.89 21 Fire Christopher Leary 108,124.83 22 Health Ruth Clay 107,081.76 23 School Thomas Brow 106,185.66 24 Mayor Robert Dolan 105,907.36 25 City Solicitor Robert Van Campen 105,198.10 26 Police Mark Antonangeli 33,292.25 71,384.62 104,676.87 27 Public Works/School Kevin Cronin 104,376.84 28 Police Ronald Alley 25,155.00 79,101.19 104,256.19 29 Police Daniel Hanley 34,712.00 69,155.62 103,867.62 30 Police Jonathan Goc 14,663.00 88,451.64 103,114.64 31 Information Technology Jorge Pazos 102,937.76 32 Police Stephen Dennis 9,804.00 92,526.43 102,330.43 33 Police Timothy Maher 2,064.00 98,099.09 100,163.09 34 Police Joseph Donovan 10,113.50 89,599.42 99,712.92 35 Police Richard Green 34,397.50 64,693.68 99,091.18 36 Human Resources Marianne Long 97,255.90 37 School Brent Conway 97,063.56 38 Fire Edward Collina 96,275.35 39 School Gregory Zammuto 95,950.15 40 Fire John O'Brien 95,567.22 41 Fire Robert Kendall, Jr 95,195.18 42 Assessor Donald Dragt 94,296.49 43 School Jennifer Corduck 93,294.76 44 School John Muldoon 92,450.00 45 Planning Denise Gaffey 91,792.34 46 Fire John White 91,756.01 47 School Timothy Morris 91,693.79 48 School Patricia Ruggiero 91,263.96 49 Public Works Matthew Hickey 90,786.32 50 School Stephen Fogarty 89,960.41 TOTAL   $599,831.64  $1,833,851.41
$5,395,939.21

[Editor's note: Earned income for police officers, excluding the police chief, includes base salary, overtime, detail, clothing and longevity pay, according to information provided by the city.]

cliff webb March 02, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Unbelievable. And this does not even mention their benefits and pensions. Talk about criminal.

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