Department heads were among the highest-paid Montgomery County employees during 2010, with the county’s chief prosecutor and sheriff ranking at number one and two, respectively.
According to data the county personnel office provided in response to a Freedom of Information Law request, the salary of the sheriff is on pace to overtake that of the district attorney.
Montgomery County District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy earned $119,800 last year, topping the list of the 25 highest wage earners for the county.
Second is Sheriff Michael Amato who earned $84,013 last year, followed by County Treasurer Shawn Bowerman at $76,766.
The rest of the top 10 highest paid employees and their salaries for 2010 are: retired Social Services Commissioner William Cranker, $73,240, DPW Commissioner Paul Clayburn, $72,760, Public Defender William Martuscello, $71,905, Personnel Officer Richard Baia, $70,620, County Clerk Helen Bartone, $69,550, Public Health Director Kim Conboy, $68,336 and Probation Director Lucille Sitterly, $67,850.
More than half of the top-25 highest paid Montgomery County employees work in law enforcement, which Conboy said reflects government priorities.
“I think the public safety is really job number one, and in order to attract qualified people to work in that area, you have to pay them,” he said.
“In my mind, police officers and firefighters are worth every penny that they get paid, and I don’t think we should complain about them getting paid for the work they do,” Conboy said Tuesday.
Conboy, who is in his 28th year as a county prosecutor and serving in his third, four-year term as District Attorney, has gone without a pay increase for the last 12 years.
State law puts the pay of county district attorneys at the same level of county judges, and judges haven’t seen a raise since then either.
Conboy acknowledges he could make more money in private practice, but said he won’t complain about his pay.
“I like doing this,” he said.
In 1999, the year before the last pay raise, the Montgomery County District Attorney earned $99,000.
The salary increased to its current $119,800 and has remained constant ever since, unlike the salary of other officials such as the sheriff.
The sheriff in Montgomery County earned $49,830 in 1999. Since then, the sheriff’s salary has increased by 69 percent up to $84,013.
Amato could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The remainder of the top 25 highest paid Montgomery County employees, their base salaries and overtime or other additional pay, is as follows:
u Douglas Crewell, corrections officer, salary $38,669.31, overtime $28,451.36, total pay $67,120.67.
u James Gumaer, Community Services director, $66,360,13.
u Kenneth Rose, Economic Opportunity and Development director, $65,556.93.
u Jeffery T. Smith, undersheriff, $62,365.22.
u Scott Whitman, deputy sergeant, salary $47,489.11, overtime $14,815.98, total pay $62,305.09.
u Jennifer Petteys, director, Youth Bureau, Alternative Community Services, STOP-DWI, $61,105.45.
u Douglas Landon, county attorney, $60,660.17.
u Shawn Byrne, corrections sergeant, salary $46,959, overtime $12,448.75, total pay $59,407.75.
u Theresa Pingitore, deputy, salary $43,648.10, overtime $15,665.51, total pay $59,408.75.
u Candus Marie Kwiatkowski, correction sergeant., salary $46,427.22, overtime $12,686.09, total pay $59,113.31.
u Michael Lewis, deputy sergeant, salary $46,787.99, overtime $10,912.15, total pay $57,700.14.
u Peter Vertucci Jr., corrections officer, salary $39,175.08, overtime $17,910.18, total pay $57,085.26.
u Jeffrey Francisco, assistant public defender, $57,051.80.
u Cynthia Lennon, probation supervisor, $56,856.77.
u Douglas Greene, senior planner, salary $55,199.82, overtime $1,492,63, total pay $56,692.45.