June 02, 2011The City of High Point pays high salaries.
The top salaries haven't changed a dollar since last year, but they are still high. Just about the only difference in the list of top wage earners in High Point is that Fire Chief David Taylor retired so he is no longer on the list. Otherwise the top of the list has the same names, the same titles and the same salaries.
But it is interesting when you do a comparison with Greensboro. High Point City Manager Strib Boynton is paid $177,501 to manage a town of 104,000, while Greensboro City Manager Rashad Young is paid $179,500 to manage a town of 266,000.
And it goes right down the line. Greensboro has 30 employees who are paid more than $100,000 a year, and High Point has 29.
High Point Assistant City Manager Pat Pate makes $149,671, just a few hundred dollars less than Greensboro Deputy City Manager Bob Morgan at $149,912, who is retiring in the fall. Next on the list is High Point Assistant City Manager Randy McCaslin at $140,019, while the top paid assistant city managers in Greensboro – Andy Scott and Denise Turner – each make $121,000 a year.
As you go down the list the main difference is that High Point has a lot fewer employees, but the employees in similar jobs seem to be making in the same range, which makes High Point at least seem to be better place to work if you are a supervisor because you are likely to have fewer employees under you, and as any supervisor can tell you, fewer employees means fewer headaches.
The top paid police officers are making in the $60,000 range, and Police Chief Jim Fealy is paid $138,332 a year, which like the other salaries is exactly what he was being paid last year. The new Greensboro Police Chief Ken Miller is paid $137,900. Miller has 747 sworn officers working for him while Fealy has 220.
High Point is an electric city, which means it buys electricity wholesale and sells it to the citizens of High Point. That increases the budget, as well as adds a utility department that cities like Greensboro don't have.
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