Members of the Glenville Police Department captured all the spots in the list of top 10 salaries for town workers in 2012.
Town officials said short staffing because of retirements and an officer out on disability contributed to extensive overtime, which boosted total compensation.
Lt. Rick Conley was the highest earner, with total compensation of $113,053. His base salary was $91,866 and the rest is other compensation including overtime. Police officers also receive a clothing allowance and some receive longevity pay. When officers retire, they are allowed to cash out unused sick and personal leave time.
Coming in second was Police Chief Michael Ranalli, who had a base pay of $103,214 in total compensation.
Taking the third through 10th spots were: Officer Timothy Mell, $69,232 base pay, $107,888 total salary; Detective Michael Lamb, $77,088, $106,087; Lt. Stephen Janik, $92,208, $102,164; Sgt. Scot Straight, $76,576, $100,242; Sgt. Brendan Gillooley, $76,866, $99,573; Detective William Marchewka, $77,366, $97,248; Officer Charles Lavery, $69,556, $92,778; Officer Mark Agostino, $69,232, $91,783; and Officer Laurence Borwhat, $69,295, $90,883.
The average extra compensation beyond base salary was $15,000 for the 23 police officers on the payroll during all or part of 2012.
Ranalli said both a detective and two patrol officer positions were vacant for the entire year because of retirements and an officer out with an injury.
Glenville had three officers graduate from the police academy, but it will be several months before they are trained fully and are able to patrol on their own, according to Ranalli.
Minimum staffing level is two officers per shift. Ranalli said overtime is inevitable with being short staffed and the demands required by a 24-7 operation.
“We only pay overtime when it’s necessary to maintain coverage. If we only have two officers and they get tied up with an arrest, we need someone to come in and handle calls,” he said.
Overtime is awarded based on seniority, according to Ranalli. The officers who are not on the schedule for that particular day get the first crack at it.
“If they don’t want it, you go to other shifts and see if they want it and it’s all by seniority after that,” he said.
The detective position is still unfilled but once the new officers are up to speed, Ranalli said he hopes to fill that spot with an in-house promotion.
“That will put us back to where we were two years ago,” he said.
Ranalli said he anticipates even more demand on the police force with new development including the Target on Route 50 and other shops on the way.
The highest-paid non-police employee was Public Works Commissioner Tom Coppola, who came in at 13th with a straight salary of $84,045 and no additional compensation. At 15th and 16th were Director of Operations James MacFarland at $83,337 — $3,000 above his base pay — and senior maintenance worker Dennis Russell, who earned a base salary of $62,237 and $83,152 in total compensation.
Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said he understands that having a skeleton crew is driving the overtime.
“We’re hoping in 2013 with the addition of the three officers, that much overtime won’t be necessary,” he said.
Koetzle also pointed out that Glenville salaries are generally lower than those employees in municipalities of similar size.
“I can say we have the finest police department around. Certainly we get our money’s worth. Residents should know that we’re also very vigilant on watching the OT and making sure these salaries are not going to get unaffordable for the town,” he said.