Published Aug. 31, 2013
By Kristi Pihl, Tri-City Herald
College presidents, CEOs for Energy Northwest and Kennewick
General Hospital, and the heads of local utility districts are among the
Mid-Columbia's top paid officials this year.
More than 70 local public officials are paid a base salary of $100,000 or higher, according to a recent Herald survey.
relatively unchanged from last year. Some elected officials and public
employees working with about 30 public agencies and local governments
saw their base salaries grow in the last year. Quite a few saw their pay
More than half of the public officials making more
than $100,000 are government employees not elected by voters. Top-paid
local elected officials include superior and district court judges and
Base salaries don't reflect bonuses, retirement, benefits or any other forms of pay.
the top of the wage scale this year and last year is Mark Reddemann,
Energy Northwest's chief executive officer, with a base salary of about
$624,000 -- up almost 16 percent from last year.
That salary is
within the range of what the nuclear industry pays CEOs, said Sid
Morrison, chairman of the Energy Northwest executive board. It also
reflects the success of the Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant
under Reddemann's leadership.
Reddemann, who is in his third year
as CEO, turned the plant from being one of the poorest performers in the
nation to one headed for the top 25 percent, Morrison said. The board
wants to keep Reddemann and continue seeing results that benefit all
ratepayers served by public power in the Northwest, he said.
second highest-paid Tri-City public official is the new Washington
State University Tri-Cities chancellor, H. Keith Moo-Young. His current
base salary is $300,000, up $75,000 from what his predecessor was paid
WSU spokeswoman Melissa O'Neil Perdue said his salary
for the complex, time-demanding job is set by the president of the
university and is the same as what the WSU chancellors in Vancouver and
Spokane earn. Each of the three chancellors were hired in the last year.
on the list is KGH CEO Glen Marshall, who will be paid a base salary of
$280,000 this year for leading the public hospital district. The
district includes the Auburn Street hospital, a second hospital under
construction in Southridge, and walk-in, urgent care and regular doctor
clinics, with more than 85 health care providers.
Fourth on the
list is Rich Cummins, president of Columbia Basin College, who will be
paid a base salary of $195,000. His pay has remained flat based on
budget decisions made by the state Legislature.
of Energy managers at Hanford are the fifth- through seventh-highest
paid public officials of those the Herald reviewed. Kevin Smith, the
Office of River Protection manager, Matt McCormick, the Richland
Operations Office manager, and Roger Snyder, Pacific Northwest Site
Office Manager, will make between $119,600 and $179,700 this year.
top-paid general manager for a local public utility district is Chad
Bartram, who became Benton PUD's leader at the beginning of this year.
At a base salary of $178,000 a year, he is the eighth-highest paid
public official of those included in the Herald's review.
who has worked for the PUD for more than a decade, earns about $4,000
less than his predecessor, but about $6,000 more than Ed Brost, who has
been Franklin PUD's general manager since 2008.
fairly compensated," said Jeff Hall, president of the Benton PUD board.
"He's not overly compensated as far as we are concerned and he is doing a
The Benton PUD board used surveys reflecting what
other public utilities pay and customer and employee counts to help
determine Bartram's pay, Hall said. He is under contract for three years
at the same pay.
The top-paid Tri-City port director is Jim Toomey, who has served as the Port of Pasco's executive director for almost 22 years.
who intends to retire at the end of the year, will be paid a base
salary of $165,000 this year, which places him 12th in the list of paid
Toomey always has gone above and beyond on the
job, said Jim Klindworth, Port of Pasco commissioner, who also was on
the commission that hired Toomey.
"We felt that Jim earned every penny," he said.
newest Tri-City school district superintendent, Rick Schulte, also has
the largest base superintendent salary, earning $155,000 this year.
think we got a very experienced, very capable person for less money
than I expected," said Rick Jansons, Richland School Board president.
Superintendent, Saundra Hill, has a base salary of $143,000 this year,
while Kennewick's Superintendent Dave Bond will make a base salary of
And the longest-serving Tri-City city manager also
has the highest base pay. Gary Crutchfield, who has been Pasco's city
manager for more than 28 years, will make about $153,600 this year.
City Manager Cindy Johnson has a base salary only $200 lower, and
Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley makes about $2,000 less than
The top-paid local county official is Benton County
Prosecutor Andy Miller, whose base pay is almost $149,000 this year. By
law, county prosecutor salaries are based on the Superior Court judge
The judges' salaries were about $149,000 this year until Sept. 1, when they rose to about $152,000.
state pays for half of that salary, recognizing that the position
serves both the state and the county, said Tom McBride, executive
secretary for the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
counties are given some flexibility, as long as they continue to put at
least as much as they paid in 2008 toward the prosecutor's salary and
eventually aim to be even with the Superior Court judges' salaries.
why Shawn Sant, Franklin County's prosecutor, earns less than Miller,
at about $129,000. The state pays about $74,500 of his salary, while the
county pays about $54,500 this year -- an increase of $7,000 from what
the county paid his predecessor in 2007.
Published with permission of the Tri-City Herald. Additional news stories can be accessed online at the Tri-City Herald.
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