Some folks have asked me lately about the salaries and staffing levels in the mayor’s office, since the whole fee issue mess really got going.
How many employees does he have? What are the salaries? How many pals did he hire.
I actually pulled this list back toward the end of February. Just haven’t done anything with it.
Anyhoo, county Mayor Tim Burchett has nine (including himself) folks working directly in his department. They make about $580,652 in combined pay.
Here’s the record I got from the human resources department.
Toward the end of his tenure as mayor, Mike Ragsdale had (including himself and four part-time interns – or that’s how they’re listed anyway) 12 folks in his office between Jan. 1, 2010 and Sept. 1, 2010 - his last day in office. They made around a combined $648,933.
Here’s his file.
Burchett moved some people around and combined a few positions. The most obvious change was sending Dwight Van de Vate to the engineering department where he took a slight pay cut and replaced Bruce Wuethrich.
Despite talks about not creating any new spots, technically Burchett did when he hired Communications Manager Michael “Spin Doc” Grider.
That job, though, essentially replaced Susanne Dupes, who served as director of communications and media relations, but it’s a new classified position.
The pay isn't the same. But, Grider does get to hang out on Facebook during the day because he has one of the few county computers that doesn't block the website.
Dupes also served, in part, as a spokesperson for the mayor. Burchett and his chief of staff, Dean Rice, take their own phone calls, so they don’t need someone to speak for them.
Unless of course it involves a meeting for a board on which the mayor serves.
He tends not to make those.