District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy topped the list of highest paid employees of Montgomery County for 2014, a list populated primarily by department heads.
According to information provided in response to a Freedom of Information Law request, Conboy earned $152,500 during the 2014 calendar year. Conboy’s salary is set by the state and approved by the county Legislature.
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.
A list of the 10 highest paid for 2014 includes the sheriff, county executive and several heads of departments. None of those employees are eligible for overtime pay. None of the county employees eligible for overtime made enough to reach the top 10 list.
Sheriff Michael Amato, who was re-elected in November, was paid $90,877 and finished second on the list behind Conboy. Amato began working in the department as a part-time corrections officer 35 years ago and has served as sheriff the last 17 years.
Matt Ossenfort, who leads the county Legislature that was formed in 2014, earned $85,000 and ranked third on the list.
Ossenfort said he is satisfied with his salary and is not looking for a raise.
“I’m fine with where I’m at,” he said. “If the Legislature feels this position needs a raise sometime in the future, they can do that. But I took this job knowing what the salary was going to be.”
Ossenfort said that the Legislature should look at the salaries for department heads, who are nonbargaining employees.
“There are some things that need to be updated and I think we could look at neighboring counties and see what they are doing,” he said.
Rounding out the top 10 county government wage earners for 2014 were Commissioner of Public Works Paul Clayburn, $81,459; Personnel Officer Richard Baia, $77,360; Public Health Director Kim Conboy, $77,359; Director of Data Processing Daniel Colon, $75,259; Commissioner of Social Services Michael McMahon, $75,259; Probation Director Lucille Sitterly, $74,431; and Economic Opportunity and Development Director Ken Rose, $74,030.