Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team reporter Josh Sweigart at Josh.Sweigart@coxinc.com.
The city of Kettering reduced its overtime costs for firefighters after hiring new firefighters last year in an effort to get costs under control, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees.
The city’s 2017 payroll included 55 police department employees and 41 fire department employees who made more than $100,000 last year. This is a reduction in both categories from 2016. The majority of the city’s highest-paid employees still worked in the fire department, however.
Overtime is down more than 6 percent citywide from 2016 to 2017 including in both the police and fire departments, and issue the I-Team has reported on for several years.
"In 2016 we conducted a comprehensive analysis of our Fire Department staffing model and personnel expenditures," said Kettering spokesperson Stacy Schweikhart in a statement this week.
"In order to reduce our overtime expenditures, city administrators recommended and Kettering City Council authorized the addition of 13 new full-time firefighters to our Kettering Fire Department in 2017. Our year end data proves that the restructuring of our staffing model did result in the reduction of overtime, a trend we anticipate will continue."
The number of Kettering city employees overall who brought in six-figure pay last year, however, grew from 122 in 2016 to 127 in 2017.
The city’s highest-paid employee is City Manager Mark Schwieterman, whose $196,442 compensation last year was higher than Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein’s pay of $196,116.
Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database of pay for public employees.
An I-Team investigation last year found the ability to cash out unused sick and vacation leave is a rare perk in the private sector, though local governments are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars worth of these payments.
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The I-Team searchable database only includes the 1,533 city employees paid more than $50,000 last year, so doesn’t include city council pay. Mayor Don Patterson’s compensation last year, for example, was $12,000.
Kettering’s 10 highest-paid employees in 2017 were:
1. Mark Schwieterman, city manager: $196,442.72
2. Neil Frederick, fire captain: $165,812.69
3. Jeffrey Greenup, fire captain: $152,617.3
4. Jon Durrenberg, fire battalion chief: $150,530.74
5. David Roth, fire battalion chief: $149,071.08
6. Theodore Hamer, law director: $146,922.68
7. Steven Bergstresser, assistant city manager: $146,768.6
8. James Lokai, fire battalion chief: $146,549.75
9. Brian Beaver, fire battalion chief: $145,419.08
10. James McGrath, firefighter/paramedic: $143062.85
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