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Bergen County employee salaries are a matter of public record under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.

Salaries

Sunshine Review reviewed Bergen County employee salary data for years 2008-2011. There were seven employees earning over $150,000 in 2008, 16 employees in 2009, 22 employees 2010 and 36 in 2011. The total cost of the top 100 salaries in 2011 was $13,824,593.[1] The information was gathered from a letter sent by the county after Sunshine Review filed a public records request. Most information is police department data.

The following table outlines the salaries of some high paying positions in Bergen County:[1]

Name Title 2008 2009 2010 2011
Abrahamsen, Robert Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671 $138,671 $143,502
Alberto, Victoria Police Sergeant $129,923 $132,173 $132,173 $136,899
Alvarez, Luis Lt. of Co. Investigators $152,226
Amaro, Angel Police Officer $124,949 $127,199 $127,199 $131,845
Amendola, Linda Lt. of Co. Investigators $152,226
Antinori, Daniel Police Officer $63,474
Anzilotti, Robert Lt. of Co. Investigators $152,226
Babiak, Steven Police Captain $159,609 $161,859
Baker, John Police Officer $61,886 $81,788 $104,863
Baksh, Saheed Police Officer $99,888 $121,790 $121,801
Baum, Erik Lt. of Co. Investigators $152,226
Bendit, Gary Police Officer $60,386 $80,288 $104,863
Boujitas, Manny Police Officer $60,386 $80,288 $104,863
Brundage, Alan Police Lieutenant $141,438 $149,849 $150,295 $155,741
Carney, Robert Police Sergeant $129,923 $132,173 $132,173 $136,899
Carrafiello, Frank Police Officer $119,763 $122,013 $122,013 $142,867
Casamento, Jason Police Sergeant $118,051 $120,501 $120,501 $124,482
Chan, Christopher $60,386 $84,168
Clayton, Maryann Medical Examiner $193,123 $200,892 $207,117 $214,586
Cleri, Richard Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671 $138,671
Condon, Timothy Lt. of Co. Investigators $152,226
Cruz, Dennis Police Officer $123,237 $125,487 $125,487 $128,935
Cucciniello, Steven $163,999 $163,999
Cuttitta, Victor Police Captain $159,609 $161,859 $161,859 $168,023
Czerepak, Carl Police Officer $125,372 $126,322 $126,333 $130,580
Czulada, Thomas Lt. of Co. Investigators $156,222
De Rienzo, Vincent Police Lieutenant $148,233 $148,983 $148,983 $155,952
Dembowski, Stephen Capt of Co. Investigators $154,526 $159,934
Devine, Michael Police Lieutenant $141,438 $143,688 $143,688 $155,318
Dispoto, Alfred Treasurer $151,598 $157,111 $161,366 $166,714
Dombrowski, Thomas Lt. of Co. Investigators $152,226
Donohue, Richard Police Officer $60,386 $80,288 $103,563
Donow, David Police Sergeant $131,076 $133,326 $133,326 $143,502
Duboue, Robert Police Officer $119,551 $121,801 $121,801 $125,970
Escobar, Gabriel Police Officer $119,763 $122,013 $122,013 $125,982
Espinoso, Robert Police Sergeant $129,923 $132,173 $132,173 $136,910
Foy, Gary Police Officer $124,083 $126,333 $126,333 $130,580
Francois, Christine Police Lieutenant $148,233 $150,483 $150,483 $155,952
Gagliostro, Anthony Police Officer $119,763 $121,801 $122,013 $125,982
Galda, William First Asst. Prosecutor $156,500
Giblin, James Police Lieutenant $148,233 $150,483 $150,483 $155,952
Gmiterek, Stanislaw Police Officer $119,763 $122,013 $127,199 $131,446
Ham, Christopher Police Officer $99,888 $121,790 $121,801 $125,770
Harnett, Kevin Police Captain $259,609 $161,859
Hassinger, Micah Sr Data Processing Sys Prog $80,809
Higgins, Brian Police Lieutenant $148,022 $148,972 $148,983 $168,023
Hornyak, Joseph Capt of Co. Investigators $154,526 $159,934
Keenan, Kenneth Police Officer $119,763 $122,013 $122,013 $125,982
Koretsky, William Police Sergeant $136,421 $137,171
Kornfeld, Ralph Personnel Director $154,588
La Duca, John Police Sergeant $129,923 $132,173 $132,173 $136,899
Laux, Robert County Admin $154,638
Layton, Robert Tax Admin $151,652 $157,440
Lekowski, Charles Police Officer $125,583 $127,833 $127,833 $132,080
Lepinski, Mark Police Lieutenant $148,022 $148,972 $148,983 $169,523
Leventhal, Barry Police Sergeant $136,210 $138,460 $138,460 $134,490
Lo Cascio, Salvatore Police Officer $60,386 $82,668
Lorenc, Leszek Police Officer $119,551 $122,001 $122,013 $125,982
Macellaro, Joseph Chief of Co. Investigations $157,067
Malakas, Uwe Police Captain $259,609 $161,859 $161,859 $175,800
Malone, Stephen Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671
Martini, Margaret Admin Clerk Typing $68,415 $71,078 $73,886
Martino, Carmen Capt of Co. Investigators $154,526 $159,934
Mayo, Vincent Police Officer $79,149 $101,900 $121,801 $136,899
McGuinness, Niamh Police Officer $80,438 $100,188 $120,301 $124,270
Mello, Wayne Asst. Prosecutor $150,432
Miller, Thomas Police Officer $119,763 $122,013 $122,436 $131,869
Mills, Denise Police Officer $99,888 $121,790 $121,801 $125,770
Molinelli, John County Prosecutor $153,200 $165,200 $165,400
Mongelli, John Police Officer $80,438 $101,688 $121,801 $125,770
Montel, Deborah Spvr. Of Records $50,417
Morgan, Ralph Police Officer $119,551 $121,801 $122,013 $125,982
Mucci, Thomas Police Officer $119,551 $121,801 $122,013 $125,982
Mullin, James Police Lieutenant $141,438 $143,688 $144,111 $155,740
Paletto, John Police Officer $119,763 $122,013 $122,436 $126,405
Palotta, John Capt of Co. Investigators $151,300 $155,583
Pazos, Mariela Veterinarian $154,712 $160,567
Peiffer, Sharyn Asst. Prosecutor $150,683
Peppard, William Police Officer $119,551 $120,501 $120,513 $131,446
Perry, Michael Police Officer $119,551 $122,001 $122,013 $125,982
Pertry, Gidget Police Officer $99,888 $121,790 $121,801 $125,770
Porfido, Lisa Police Officer $78,938 $101,688 $121,801 $125,770
Puccio, Frank Asst. Prosecutor $151,857
Razzetti, Dwane Police Lieutenant $150,483 $150,483 $155,952
Reed, Bruce Police Officer $80,438 $101,688 $121,801 $136,699
Rinehart, Cynthia Police Officer $125,583 $127,833 $127,833 $132,080
Rivera, Fred Police Officer $78,938 $101,688 $121,801 $125,770
Roberts, Jeffrey Police Officer $125,583 $127,833 $127,833 $132,080
Rock, Brian Police Officer $61,886 $81,788 $105,063
Rogers, Gerard Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671
Rutch, Joseph County Division Head $154,032
Ryaby, Denise Police Officer $80,438 $101,688 $121,801 $136,699
Sabo, Joseph Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671 $138,671 $143,502
Saldana, David Police Officer $119,551 $121,801 $122,013 $125,982
Salzano, Ronald Police Officer $61,886 $81,788 $104,863
Sansevere, Daniel Police Officer $123,872 $126,122 $126,122 $130,569
Schwanwede, Fred Asst. Prosecutor $150,683
Schmidig, John Police Chief $179,470 $179,570
Sileo, Vincent Police Officer $120,186 $122,436 $122,436 $131,868
Sizow, Michael Police Officer $60,386 $80,288 $104,863
Smith, James Police Sergeant $130,134 $132,384 $132,384 $143,267
Solimando, Mark Police Officer $125,583 $127,883 $127,833 $132,080
Sorace, Edward Police Lieutenant $148,233 $150,483 $150,483 $155,952
Swartz, Jennifer Asst. Med. Examiner $155,813 $160,691 $166,755
Syracuse, Christopher Police Officer $124,737 $126,987 $142,856
Tapia, Alejandro Police Officer $61,886 $81,788 $105,063
Tiedemann, Matthew Police Officer $60,986 $81,788 $101,688 $136,687
Toro, Sara Police Officer $60,386 $80,288 $104,863
Tovbin, Stanislav Police Officer $61,886 $81,788 $103,363
Trawinski, Edward County Admin $180,000
Upchurch, Samuel Police Officer $125,583
Vander Clute, Richard Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671
Vargas, David Police Officer $60,386 $84,168
Vargas, Dario Police Officer $60,386 $82,668
Vecchione, Jeffrey Police Officer $125,371 $127,622 $127,622 $132,069
Venezia, Michael Police Officer $78,938 $100,188 $120,301 $124,270
Wartelsky, David Police Sergeant $136,421 $138,671
Weber, William Police Officer $125,583 $127,833
Weston, Christopher Police Officer $61,886 $81,788 $104,863
White, James Management Specialist $66,444 $69,061 $72,415 $75,715
Williams, Ka Sabre Police Officer $78,938 $100,188 $120,301 $125,770
Williams, Scott Police Officer $124,949 $127,199 $127,622 $131,869
Yoon, John Police Officer $119,551 $122,001 $122,013 $124,482
Zema, Andrea Police Officer $78,938 $100,188 $120,301 $124,270
Zovistoski, Christopher Police Lieutenant $148,233 $150,483 $150,483 $155,952
Total $10,087,481 $11,596,121 $12,115,536 $14,263,703

Benefits

Below is benefit information for Bergen County employees for years 2008-2010.[2] The information was gathered from a letter sent by the county after Sunshine Review filed a public records request. No information was given on phone or car use.

% to
gross pay
2008
PERS
members
2009
PERS
members
2010
Sheriff
officers
2010
Police
2010
(hired before
03-31-83)
Police
2010
(hired after
03-31-83)
Medicare 1.45% 1.45% 1.45% 1.45% 1.45%
Social Security 6.20% 6.20% 6.20% 6.20%
Medicare reimbursement 0.61% 0.65% 0.65% 0.65% 0.65% 65.00%
Dental 1.11% 1.19% 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% 99.00%
Prescription 9.23% 8.98% 8.27% 8.27% 8.27% 8.27%
Eye glasses 0.16% 0.17% 0.14% 0.14% 14.00% 14.00%
Workers compensation 1.73% 2.67% 2.28% 2.28% 2.28% 2.28%
Unemployment Trust Account 0.25% 0.26% 0.44% 0.44% 44.00% 44.00%
Hospitalization 27.06% 26.63% 27.46% 27.46% 27.46% 27.46%
Pension - PERS 5.93% 8.71% 8.57%
Pension - PFRS 19.37% 19.37% 19.37%
Longevity - Previous Years 1.05% 1.05% 1.05% 1.05% 1.05% 1.05%
TOTAL - TEMPORARY 48.84% 49.25% 48.91% 48.91% 41.26% 42.71%
TOTAL - PERMANENT 54.77% 57.96% 57.48% 68.28% 60.63% 62.08%

Salary records project

In 2011, Sunshine Review chose 152 local governments as the focus of research on public employee salaries. The editors of Sunshine Review selected eight states with relevant political contexts (listed alphabetically):

1. California
2. Florida
3. Illinois
4. Michigan
5. New Jersey
6. Pennsylvania
7. Texas
8. Wisconsin

Within these states, the editors of Sunshine Review focused on the most populous cities, counties and school districts, as well as the emergency services entities within these governments. The purpose of this selection method was to develop articles on governments affecting the most citizens.

The salary information garnered from these states were a combination of existing online resources and state Freedom of Information Act requests sent out to the governments.

Importance of public employee pay disclosure

In July 2010, The Los Angeles Times uncovered that officials in Bell, California were making remarkably high salaries.[3] Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo was earning a yearly $787,637. It was later uncovered that Rizzo's total compensation after taking benefits into account topped $1.5 million a year.[4]

For comparison:[3]

  • Manhattan Beach, with about 7,000 fewer people than Bell, paid its most recent city manager $257,484 a year.
  • Long Beach, with a population close to 500,000, paid its city manager $235,000 annually.
  • Los Angeles County paid its chief executive, William T. Fujioka, $338,458.

Corruption solution

After this report was released, governments began to proactively disclose salary information of their employees. Before the end of the summer of 2010, more than a dozen cities in Orange County, for example, posted salary information on the front pages of their websites.[5]

The cost of transparency websites maintaining such information ranges from the tens of thousands to the hundreds of thousands. These websites also save money, and this often is not taken into account when measuring costs.

Citizens upset about the breach of trust and armed with information formed a group called the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse, which pushed for an independent audit of city salaries and contracts.[6]

Citizens, empowered with information, are key to keeping government free from corruption and efficient. A study published by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia revealed that the city of Philadelphia has a problem with the efficiency and costs of public employee pensions.[7] The amount that Philadelphia pays to pension recipients limits the city’s ability to use its budget effectively.

The report revealed that there were more individuals receiving pension benefits—33,907 claimants in 2006—than workers in the city—28,701.[7] The authors of the study recommend three steps towards addressing the problem of high costs in pensions.[7] First, improve data collection so that decision-making in terms of pension policies is more informed. Second, promote transparency for better accountability to citizens. Third, reduce costs and use the savings for developing Philadelphia.

Resistance to public employee salary data as public records

The idea of making public employee salaries is relatively new. In 2008, several local government employee associations and unions protested the posting of state employee salaries by newspaper The Sacramento Bee.[8][9] At the time, it was seen as a safety risk and invasion of privacy.

Sunshine Review aims in posting salary information

Publicly posted salaries often leave out important information. Salary schedules can be published as ranges, not as specific take-home compensation, and high-level, highly-paid positions are often not disclosed proactively.[5][4] Additionally, salaries leave out compensation received through health and retirement benefits, as well as benefits such as commuter allowances and cell phone reimbursements. This project aimed to close the gap and provide a more accurate picture of public employee salaries for the sake of public education and transparency.

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