Updated, 7:19 a.m.: Adamowski’s contract runs through June 2020.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski is once again the biggest breadwinner in City Hall.
Adamowski tops the list of 2018 Norwalk salaries, with $273,159.89 in total earnings. Second on the list provided Thursday by Comptroller Chitsamay Lam is the man she replaced, retired Comptroller Fred Gilden, who earned $261,286.82.
Gilden retired Dec. 3, according to an automated reply received from his e-mail account. He earned $161,187.46 in 2017, according to the list he provided last year. His higher 2018 total arises from a retirement payout consisting of accumulated unused vacation time, Lam said in an email. Chief Financial Officer Bob Barron noted that Gilden was a 20-year employee, and the payout was more than $80,000.
Adamowski led Norwalk earners in 2016 and 2017. His contract runs through June 2020, according to Board of Education Chair Mike Barbis.
The top 25 earners in 2018:
- Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski $273,159.89
- Comptroller Fred Gilden $261,286.82
- Norwalk Police Officer Russell Ouellette $227,431.66
- Norwalk Police Officer George Daley $223,623.08
- Norwalk Police Officer David Nieves $221,091.90
- Norwalk Police Officer Javier Mogollon $216,130.57
- Norwalk Police Sgt. Joseph Moquin $212,788.37
- Norwalk Police Officer Michael Dimeglio $206,205.87
- Norwalk Police Sgt. Gregg Scully $198,542.86
- Chief of Technology, Innovations and Partnerships Ralph Valenzisi $197,899.81
- Norwalk High School Principal Reginald Roberts $193,847.53
- Norwalk Public Schools Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo $193,184.93
- Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton $193,036.05
- Norwalk Police Lt. Praveen John $192,545.21
- Norwalk Police Officer Mark Suda $189,068.15
- Brien McMahon High School Principal Scott Hurwitz $188,942.04
- Norwalk Police Sgt. Peter White $188,220.59
- NPS Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Yvette Goorevitch $186,849.95
- Norwalk Police Sgt. James Mosher $181,769.06
- Norwalk Police Officer Paul Wargo $181,395.98
- Ponus Ridge Middle School Principal Damon Lewis $180,215.56
- Roton Middle School Principal Joseph Vellucci $180,215.53
- Nathan Hale Middle School Principal Albert Sackey $180,042.24
- Brien McMahon High School Assistant Principal Marie Allen $180,042.22
- Norwalk Police Lt. Marc Lepore $178,752.69
Oullette was top of the heap in 2015. That list featured many of the same names, with Scully, Mogollon, Dimeglio and Nieves in the top 10. Norwalk Police officers earn money above their base salaries by taking extra duty assignments for private companies. The city gets a 15 percent administrative fee for every hour of extra duty worked by police officers, Sgt. David Orr has said. Officers also earn extra money through overtime. Common Council members have said that overtime actually saves the city money as the price of benefits is high and the overtime makes the hiring of additional officers unnecessary. Overtime doesn’t count toward an officer’s pension and is often paid for by federal funds, asset forfeiture funds or state funds, officials have said.
Mayor Harry Rilling is 123rd on the list with a $146,479.57 salary, behind Barron ($172,976.34), Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr ($166,318.75), Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland ($162,505.72), Information Technology (IT) Director Karen DelVecchio ($162,385.70) and Assistant Planning and Zoning Director Mike Wrinn ($147,960.33) but ahead of Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin, who made $143,144.95.