District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy topped the list of highest paid employees of Montgomery County for 2011, a list populated primarily by department heads.
According to information provided in response to a Freedom of Information Law request, Conboy earned $125,529 during the 2011 calendar year.
The pay reflects a base salary of $119,800 — set by the state back in 1999. The remaining $5,700 includes a health insurance buyout paid to employees who opt out of the county’s coverage. It also includes a $3 per-day allowance for a county-supplied vehicle to pay for gas, oil changes and other maintenance, and a longevity payment.
Non-bargaining employees receive a longevity payment of $500 starting after three years, and the payments increase to $1,350 at year seven and continue to increase up to $3,000 by 30 years.
The top 10 Montgomery County salaries in 2011, with their title, total pay and base pay:
James E. Conboy, district attorney $125,530 $119,800
Michael J. Amato, sheriff $86,271 $86,271
Shawn J. Bowerman, treasurer/budget officer $84,731 $79,003
Paul H. Clayburn, public works commissioner $77,637 $78,828
William Martuscello, public defender $76,844 $76,938
Richard E. Baia, personnel officer $76,684 $61,876
Daniel L. Colon, data processing director $76,001 $72,128
Kim D. Conboy, public health director $74,242 $74,728
Jeffery T. Smith, undersheriff $72,283 $66,631
Kenneth Rose, economic development director $70,011 $70,096
Conboy was appointed acting district attorney in January 1996 and then elected to the position later that year. He’s held the job since then, after previously serving 10 years as an assistant district attorney.
He said the state-set salary has stagnated since it was established 12 years ago.
“The last time it was adjusted was in 1999, when the Legislature felt that this position was worth $119,000 per year. There’s been no raise since,” Conboy said. “I’m not complaining, but I can’t think of anything that hasn’t increased in price since 1999.”
Conboy said there are higher-paying jobs in other fields in the region, but the $119,000 salary is “a lot of money for around here.”
A list of the 10 highest paid for 2011 includes the sheriff and undersheriff and several heads of departments.
Total salaries that differ from the base in all these cases are due to health insurance buyouts and longevity payments, according to county Treasurer Shawn Bowerman.
Some of the total salaries of the top 10 earners are actually less than their base pay because of various accounting factors, including part of the last payroll period of 2011 rolling into 2012.