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Title Tops Fairfield's Highest Wage Earners

Superintendent of Schools Dr. David G. Title earned $273,736 in 2011; $100,000 more than the next highest paid town employee.

The title of Fairfield’s top wage earner goes to Superintendent of Schools Dr. David G. Title, who earns roughly $100,000 more than the next highest-paid town employee, police Lt. Keith Broderick.

Six of the top 10 wage earners of 2011 are police officers. Gross salaries for police officers include overtime and pay for outside services, for which the town is reimbursed. Gross salaries for fire department personnel also include overtime.

Of 2011’s 50 highest paid town employees, 23 were school employees, 18 were , seven were , and two were Town Hall employees (Director of Public Works Richard White; Chief Fiscal Officer Paul Hiller).

The top 50 are:

  1. Dr. David G. Title, superintendent of schools, $273,746;
  2. Police Lt. Keith Broderick, $173,641 (includes $24,463 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  3. Margaret Mary Fitzgerald, assistant superintendent, Human Resources,  $171,392;
  4. Police Lt. Jeffrey Bloch, $170,662 (includes $4,100 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  5. Police Lt. John Bucherati, $170,028 (includes $14,588 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  6. Police Officer Gary Wikman, $167,189 (includes $48,430 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  7. Police Lt. Christopher Tursi, $165,746 (includes $50,280 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  8. Police Lt. Thomas Mrozek, $165,600 (includes $12,611 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  9. Vanessa Reale, headmaster, , $163,799;
  10. James Coyne, headmaster, , $162,314;
  11. Police Lt. Michael Walsh, $160,286 (includes $36,800 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  12. Firefighter Alan Menillo, $160,062;
  13. Thomas Cullen, director of operations for the school district, $156,478;
  14. Police Officer Kevin Wells, $156,258 (includes $30,324 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  15. Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Tracy, $155,355;
  16. Gary Rosato, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the school district, $155,172;
  17. Glenn Mackno, principal, , $154,202;
  18. Police Officer Jeremy Zrdu, $153,981 (includes $40,402 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  19. Andrea Leonardi, director of special education and pupil services for the school district, $153,519;
  20. Richard White, director of public works, $153,240;
  21. Connee Dawson, principal, , $152,196;
  22. Police Chief Gary MacNamara, $150,976;
  23. Fire Chief Richard Felner, $150,812;
  24. Police Lt. Michael Gagner, $149,938;
  25. Police Officer Keith Perham, $149,813 (includes $58,974 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  26. Assistant Fire Chief Douglas Chavenello, $148,521;
  27. Assistant Fire Chief George Gomola, $144,680 (includes $749 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  28. Police Officer Frank Deangelis, $142,616 (includes $40,702 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  29. Alan Lipman, principal, , $143,376;
  30. Thomas Pescé, principal, , $143,376;
  31. Greg Hatzis, principal, , $143,029;
  32. Gary Kass, principal, , $142,358;
  33. Anna Cutaia-Leonard, director of elementary education for the school district, $142,333;
  34. Paul Toaso, principal, , $141,180;
  35. Deborah Jackson, principal, , $140,352;
  36. Eileen Roxbie, principal, , $140,352;
  37. Police Detective Jason Takacs, $139,661 (includes $42,971 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  38. Susan Ann Battersby, housemaster, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, $139,430;
  39. Brenda Anziano, principal, , $139,344;
  40. Francis Arnone, principal, , $139,344;
  41. Ginger Vail, principal, , $138,817;
  42. Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bisson, $137,984;
  43. Police Detective Frederick Caruso, $137,591 (includes $3,221 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  44. Officer Scott Sudora, $137,454 (includes $37,475 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  45. Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Curry, $136,903;
  46. Paul Hiller, chief fiscal office for the town, $136,766;
  47. Police Captain Donald Smith, $136,379 (includes $16,788 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  48. Police Detective Daniel VanDerheyden, $135,836 (includes $17,508 in outside services for which the town is reimbursed);
  49. John Antonello, housemaster, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, $134,602;
  50. Paulette Cavanaugh, assistant principal, Tomlinson Middle School, $134,602.
hook and ladder February 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Mark I know your Chief Carrolls grandson. I also know this town was run effeciently under John Sullivan and has gone down hill since then. But Mark you cant blame the rank and file, those guys and some gals are just hustling to care for their families just like you and me. Pension and benefit deals with John Sullivan were done with a gentlemans handshake back in the day, I know I was one of the handshakers. Now the town brings in big gun lawyers and labor law folks to beat the rank and file down, so they stand their ground and fight back. Lets just thank them for their service and call it a day.
Creeky February 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Sparks, Yes, holding the line on increases, I agree. As for the marine department, especially given the lack of jurisdiction, I really would prefer that were under Fire Department control, as a life saving / rescue force, since the USCG has been redirected to be the DEA's navy, on top of the foreign war requirements laid on them, and has no budget to perform those duties, any longer.
mark February 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Hook and Ladder My fight is over, I'm taking the gloves off for you.
John Doe February 17, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I stand corrected...thank you.
steve sheppard February 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Pensioner...I never stated that I was an actuarial. What I said was the actuarial accumptions that have and are being used in the industry are around 8%. This has been a high hurdle rate for lots of Plans around the country. We just have to look next door to New York's problems and our own State. If you look at Fairfield budget for 2012 we have 3.5 million taxpayer contribution to police/fire pension and then it drops to 3 million for 2013 so I am confused by your statement of no contribution in elven years. If our pension investment returns have been better than our hurdle rate (you are right I do not know what rate we use) those stellar investment returns are fantastic. What we have seen at work is more pension consultants pushing to greater asset allocations to alternative investments like hedge funds, private equity, leveraged products (that are taking advantage of the current low interest rate enviorment) etc.. If you see what Governor Cuomo is trying to install is instead of a defined benefit plan is a defined contribution style plan. Going forward you will see more and more plans making changes like this to better reflect the realities of the direction of public plans. Plans are also moving to move the age for retirement higher. These are some of the trends we are seeing in the industry.
Slums of Greenfield Hill February 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
'Amo' do you have any clue how easy you are to debate? any clue what so ever? You have no response to the exhaustive Police Academy course curriculum, you have no response to the fact that the job is Uber-Elite (except "Bull"), you have no response to the fact that your "daughter" had to pass one hurdle to get her job, you have no response to the fact that Fairfield is Sasquatch-free (that was a joke). This is too easy for me. And BTW, half of the FPD are VETERANS and served in our military, so practise what you preach and show some respect!! And finally, why do you call me 'Slum Dog', I don't think thats very nice, do you?
Amo Probus February 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Hey Slum Dog, In response to your question as to why I won't debate you, here is something my momma told me: Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. are you missing a village or vice versa?
Slums of Greenfield Hill February 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Hey Amo, what are you talking about!!! You have been "debating" with me all week, I have posted like 10 things and you are the 1st to respond to them. The problem here is that you got in way over your head way too quickly, you never thought in a million years that so many well thought out people were going to log on and defend the police (and fire) in this forum. Well guess what, this is just the beginning. Gone are the days where people are going to sit back and allow the police (and fire) to be bashed with mistruths and inaccuracies ultimately fueled by jealousy and evny.
Pensioner February 18, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Steve o you said about 80 posts ago this......steve sheppard 6:32 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2012 Robby, I'm in the pension business for work. If every person retired early then it effects the rest of the people in that pension fund because the hurdle rate of return needs goes up. With all due respect steveo if you are "in the pension business for work" I hope you can read an actuarial. Also the taxpayers have put no money in to the police fire pension in the past eleven years, steve that means from 1999 till now the taxpayers have contributed nothing. If those cops and firemen were on social security the town would owe 7% per employee 110cops 100 firemen 7% of their pay forked over by the town to a bankrupt SS system. cops and firemen saved a ton of money for the town.
steve sheppard February 18, 2012 at 04:03 AM
That's wonderful, but see 6.5 million over this year and next in current town budget.
Pensioner February 18, 2012 at 02:14 PM
steve do the math. take the cops and firefighters pay over the last eleven years multiply time 7% and that what the taxpayers would have had to pay. Do the math steve the town is getting a hugh bargain. Ya just cant admit it can ya. So you were or were not in the pension business? Because if you were this would make sense to you, not to Amo Probus but you.
Amo Probus February 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Pensioner. 7% for the unions on their total pay is much higher than what private sector employers pay into social security on behalf of their employees and its capped up to specific salary amounts. How much do union members contribute to their pensions?
Pensioner February 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Amo Probus, why i even bother with you is question but here you go, I'll tell you the samething I told Southporter, get yourself educated on the police/fire pension and obviously get yourself educated on Social Security. Your ignorance shines through in both areas. But it should be expected coming from some who in your previous post gave us these gems of wisdom. Remember typing these?????? Amo Probus???? Hey, you want to know what is really scary? Stop paying taxes that fund these overpaid government employees and watch their in… or this one...... Feb 11 commented on: Title Tops Fairfield's Highest Wage Earners Fairfield residents are suckers to pay these salaries to government employees...who works for whom? then add in pension costs … Your a waste of my time Amo. Go get yourself educated on town pensions and Social Security. I'm not your economics teacher.
steve sheppard February 18, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Pensioner....u seem angry. As I said before I think its wonderful if the pension returns have been outstanding. I also mentioned that most plans around the country are underfunded. Taxpayers are adding 6.5 million over this year and next. We are seeing more plans changing their structure to raising the retirement age or using a discounted payout formula for each year of early retirement. Many are moving to more of a 401k style structure with a matching program. Again, I think its wonderful the returns have been stellar.....I just wish they were even better so we would not have to be adding 6.5 million.
pensioner February 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
steve its not angry, its the complete and total inability for most of the people posting here to get informed. Southporter said he was going to get infomation, never heard from him. You have Amo sounding like a militant fool, Fairfield Resident with his useless boo freaking hoo idiotic nonsense. And now you not even trying to do the math to see how much money the town saved with the police/fire pension over Social Security, and then this crazy 401 idea with town matching funds, steve have you worked all the other problems out with that idea? I have to stop because you wont do anything to educate yourself. PLEASE READ THIS PART AGAIN STEVE.....steve do the math. take the cops and firefighters pay over the last eleven years multiply time 7% and that what the taxpayers would have had to pay. Do the math steve the town is getting a hugh bargain.
James H February 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I agree. In my opinion the real crooks in this town sit on the Board of Education
James H February 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
FFld resident, I've read a number of pathetic comments by you but to compare your commute on I-95 to what police and fire fighters face everyday is just embarrassing. I made the I95 commute for 35 years (including the day the Mianus River Bridge collapsed) yet I was never fool enough to think it comparable to being shot at or being inside a burning house.
Amo Probus February 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Pensioner, is that the best you can do? I spent all that time in the military defending your sorry butt and you complain about putting on a vest,,,get real grow up and become a man instead of some sorry, greedy wuss.
pensioner February 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Amo like I said I will not lower myself to your level. Done with you and your infantile comments. Thanks for your military service, but your useless now.
Amo Probus February 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Pensioner...your grammer is off...it's not 'your' but it is 'you're.' Do you spell correctly when you write parking tickets?
Amo Probus February 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Food stampers, cops and firemen are part of this 'taking' mentality: http://townhall.com/columnists/edfeulner/2012/02/18/a_nation_of_takers
pensioner February 19, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Amo try all you want you remain useless.
Fairfielder 3G February 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
The only thing I"take" is your wife's breath away when she sees me walk by in uniform.
Fairfield Resident February 19, 2012 at 06:19 AM
3G........Maybe you should wash your Sanitation company uniform more often if the stench is taking people's breath away when you walk by. Just Sayin'..................
Fairfield Resident February 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
3G......I'm sorry I did not read the foolish post from Amo. He was talking about Police officers and Firefighters. Also I just remembered the Town of Fairfield does not provide garbage pick up service. Can you imagine how high our taxes would be if the town did that?
steve sheppard February 20, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Mid 1980's we had garbage pick up, water sewer tax, and leaf pile pickup all included as part of property taxes. First lost garbage pick up, then bulk leaf pile pick up, then stuck with separate water sewer tax bill
steve sheppard February 20, 2012 at 03:53 AM
So taxes up even more if add back in water sewer tax
Fairfield Resident February 20, 2012 at 05:55 AM
"3G......I'm sorry I did not read the foolish post from Amo. He was talking about Police officers and Firefighters. Also I just remembered the Town of Fairfield does not provide garbage pick up service. Can you imagine how high our taxes would be if the town did that?" Ahhhhhhhhh......I see we have an imposter amongst us!
possessive pronoun pete February 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Amo, i believe you own Pensioner an apology as to the proper use of you're and your. 1. Your vs. You’re This one drives me insane, and it’s become extremely common among bloggers. All it takes to avoid this error is to take a second and think about what you’re trying to say. “Your” is a possessive pronoun, as in “your car” or “your blog.” “You’re” is a contraction for “you are,” as in “you’re screwing up your writing by using your when you really mean you are.” Amo thankfully you're not writing parking tickets.
iamspartacus February 21, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Good news Amo, You will be able to get Gov. Walker, he is soon to be unemployed regardless of how much his corp. masters dump into the recall election...down goes walker....down goes walker (read that in your best Howard Cosell voice)

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