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Adamowski tops list of 2019 Norwalk salaries

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski is once again the biggest breadwinner in City Hall.

Adamowski easily tops the list of 2019 Norwalk salaries, with $284,126.87 in total earnings. The rest of the employees in the “top 10” are all Norwalk Police officers.

Adamowski led Norwalk earners in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  His contract runs through June. This year’s earnings for Adamowski, which includes performance bonuses, compares to $273,159.89 in 2018.

But let’s look at the top 25:

  1. Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, $284,126.87
  2. Norwalk Police Officer Russell Ouellette, $246,587.61
  3. Norwalk Police Officer Javier Mogollon, $245,390.01
  4. Norwalk Police Officer David Nieves, $242,592.72
  5. Norwalk Police Lt. Praveen John, $234,385.38
  6. Norwalk Police Officer George Daley, $233,385.38
  7. Norwalk Police Officer Mark Suda, $229,567.12
  8. Norwalk Police Officer Michael Dimeglio, $222,136.78
  9. Norwalk Police Sgt. Joseph Moquin, $221,171.07
  10. Norwalk Police Sgt. Gregg Scully, $220,695.91
  11. Norwalk Police Officer Paul Wargo, $216,549.80
  12. Norwalk Police Sgt. Kevin Markert, $212,830.28
  13. NPS Chief of Specialized Learning and Student Services Yvette Goorevitch, $209,907.95
  14. Norwalk Police Lt. Thomas Mattera, $206,611.91
  15. Norwalk Police Officer Louis Proto, $204,716.73
  16. Norwalk Police Lt. Marc Lepore, $200,575.07
  17. Department of Public Works Principal Engineer Lisa Burns, $199,876.07
  18. NPS Chief of Digital Learning and Development Ralph Valenzisi, $199,875
  19. Norwalk Police Lt. William Lowe, $199,410.91
  20. Norwalk Fire Lt. Nicholas Giancaspro, $199,238.71
  21. NPS Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo, $198,810.47
  22. Norwalk Police Sgt. Peter White, $198,218.14
  23. NPS Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton, $197,959.59
  24. Norwalk High School Principal Reginald Roberts, $197,724.59
  25. NPS Chief Academic Officer Brenda Myers, $197,514.08

 

That “top 25” list features familiar names – Ouellette, Mogollon and Nieves have been at the top for years – and a few new ones, such as Giancaspro.

Norwalk Police officers earn money above their base salaries by taking extra duty assignments for private companies and by putting in overtime for the city. The city gets a 15 percent administrative fee for every hour of extra duty worked by police officers, Sgt. David Orr has said. Common Council members have said that overtime actually saves the city money as the price of benefits is high and there is a need to cover emergencies. 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.

The list was provided by Norwalk Communications Manager Joshua Morgan.

TOP SALARIES 2019 NEWSPAPER

23 comments

John Levin January 13, 2020 at 9:56 am

Is there a way for the city to present Norwalk Police officer compensation in such a way that it is clear how much is paid by the city, and how much is not? As it stands, presenting the information and stating that a portion might be paid by private companies or some overtime could be paid with federal funds simply makes the information presented nearly useless. It would be a very nice step toward transparency, I think, and make the following information intelligible:
Norwalk Police Officer Russell Ouellette, $246,587.61
Norwalk Police Officer Javier Mogollon, $245,390.01
Norwalk Police Officer David Nieves, $242,592.72
Norwalk Police Lt. Praveen John, $234,385.38
Norwalk Police Officer George Daley, $233,385.38
Norwalk Police Officer Mark Suda, $229,567.12
Norwalk Police Officer Michael Dimeglio, $222,136.78
Norwalk Police Sgt. Joseph Moquin, $221,171.07
Norwalk Police Sgt. Gregg Scully, $220,695.91
Norwalk Police Officer Paul Wargo, $216,549.80
Norwalk Police Sgt. Kevin Markert, $212,830.28
Norwalk Police Lt. Thomas Mattera, $206,611.91
Norwalk Police Officer Louis Proto, $204,716.73
Norwalk Police Lt. Marc Lepore, $200,575.07
Norwalk Police Lt. William Lowe, $199,410.91
Norwalk Police Sgt. Peter White, $198,218.14

Ron Morris January 13, 2020 at 11:53 am

Sgt. David Orr once again is spreading misinformation . The fact is that the 15 percent administrative fee is used to administer the program for such things as clerical work, an extra fleet of police cars so the cops can have the luxury of overtime, car maintenance , car gas, car insurance and so on. I highly doubt that the 15 percent even covers this. Let us keep in mind even though extra duty assignments are for private companies the taxpayer utmaily pays every penny of this. The taxpayer is on the hook for the cost of police vs flagmen in the higher cost of the construction contracts . Also when it is for utility work this is passed on in higher rates. The “Common Council members have said that overtime actually saves the city money “. This have been the same lies for years. The funny thing is that they never not even once show evidence to prove this.
If overtime is cheaper why is it in the private sector as in the real world overtime is a non starter.

Patrick Cooper January 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm

@John Levin – a very fair request. 100% agreed. Can we get both the question and the official reply “on the record”?

@Ron Morris – although I disagree with your viewpoint 99% of the time – here, I have to say – agreed. Perhaps this logic could be part of the John Levin questioning.

As I have done before – why not compare the list to a city in CT that has a very similar population. This is from last spring – but still – here is Danbury.

https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Who-earns-the-top-city-salaries-in-Danbury-13890845.php

What is missing from their list?

John ONeill January 13, 2020 at 4:25 pm

I’d like to hire the people representing the police officers in their contract negotiations. Whoever they are do a tremendous job for their clients. AND, Ron Morris you are right on. It seems that all our government employees from the local level all the way to the President (Both Dems and GOP) have mastered the nuance of bending the truth. Whoever is teaching that seminar deserves a raise. Incredible.

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell January 13, 2020 at 6:12 pm

Patrick: “The top 10 does not include school employees or administrators as that information is provided separately by the city. Hearst Connecticut Media has a request for the information pending with the school district.”

Patrick Cooper January 13, 2020 at 7:55 pm

@BM-M, what’s your point? Clearly you missed mine. Re-read the comment thread – nothing about the schools – but now that you bring it up – it would be a very interesting comparison. Maybe NoN is up for it? Once presented with the facts – then you can defend it.

Babar Sheikh January 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Maria, I’m glad you’re worried about the real issues.

More detail will really help. The Danbury numbers don’t include overtime I think it says, so those numbers aren’t helpful either yet. The numbers seem shocking at first glance. I hope NoN can put up more detailed numbers soon or let us know where to get them. 11 officers costing about 3 million a year, that must be a lot of overtime I’m guessing.

John Miller January 14, 2020 at 7:16 pm

This all seems so convoluted that it is highly unlikely that our esteemed Finance Department would pass muster in a Sarbanes Oxley like audit that the private sector is mandated to comply with, which requires complete transparency and accountability.

Ron Morris January 14, 2020 at 9:36 pm

Babar Sheikh
Of course its overtime that you and I as in the taxpayer are ultimately paying for. Please see my above post which explains this. This waste needs to stop NOW.

David Bayne January 15, 2020 at 8:45 am

Overtime is cheaper due to the rising cost of healthcare combined with longer life expectancy. Do not forget that police and firefighters have retirement benefits which include healthcare and pension for life. Salary is only one piece of the overall compensation. This is why most municipalities are now choosing to keep their number of public safety employees low, while they work to chip away at retirement benefits, which are subject to collective bargaining.

The private sector does not offer these benefits, which is why they prefer not to pay overtime (in general), though you will see some overtime in almost any profession where there is shift work. I am not arguing one way or another, but these top earners are probably working 80 hours a week and have a job I would not take at any salary.

Norwalk Lost January 15, 2020 at 11:48 am

Just a matter of time before the whole system collapses – you need not a Phd to realize the self-serving nature of these salaries and perks. . . keep on raising em taxes A-team city hall till the place empties out – retirees need not apply

Bryan Meek January 15, 2020 at 2:10 pm

Stop publishing names of rank and file employees. It’s sufficient enough to list position, years of service, and salary without identifying specific individuals. C level executives are fair game and easily identifiable, but what purpose does it serve to publish this. More interest should be taken in what state laws that require us to pay AP physics teachers the same as K-5 art teachers, not that one is more important than the other, but it would demonstrate how far from market reality we are thanks to unsustainable state laws here and in every single state that is near bankrupt.

Ron Morris January 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm

The education requiremnt for the Nowalk police is
Have a high school diploma or equivalency
https://www.norwalkct.org/152/Recruitment-Employment

The rate for a Norwalk cop to sit in his or her car playing on the phone when they are being overpaid to direct traffic.

The current rate is $66.07 per hour (with a four hour minimum) plus a 15% administration fee imposed by the City of Norwalk. If a Supervisor is required the rate is $68.07 per hour (with a four hour minimum) plus a 15% admin fee. If an officer is hired on a holiday, the rate is $99.11 per hour plus a 15% admin fee.

This is out of control. Hire flagmen for 25 bucks per hour without a city car and city gas and they will actually direct traffic.

Ron Morris January 15, 2020 at 3:47 pm

David Bayne
What you post are the lies that the city has been feeding the taxpayer for years. I have yet to see any evidence of this being true.

John ONeill January 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm

@Bryan Meek — As I have trouble even spelling physics, I agree with your point. Keep in mind there are some K-5 art teachers that are better than others and are paid the same.. They should be paid more, don’t you think?
Some may even argue that unions bring about mediocrity. I don’t have an opinion on that though.

Frustrated January 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

Mr. Meek,
Comparing an AP Physics teacher to a k-5 Art teacher is a slap in the face to teachers who have the same number of years teaching but different certifications. Have you ever taught either subject? Try teaching art at the elementary level and see how “easy” you just implied it may be.

Bryan Meek January 16, 2020 at 6:45 am

@frustrated. I expressly wrote “not that one is more important than the other”. I think that’s fairly self explanatory. The point is, it isn’t a competitive model. My evidence to support this are the various global rankings that have the US below countries who’s per capita GDP is less than what we spend per student. Something isn’t working.

David Bayne January 16, 2020 at 7:54 am

You’re right, Ron Morris. Because nobody has hand delivered the information to you because you complain on the internet, everyone is lying. Every large municipality in the state must be in on the big conspiracy. They are looking for ways to increase expenses on purpose just to stick it to you. Look into it yourself. It is public information.

Sato January 16, 2020 at 8:07 am

These top earners work over 100 hours a week and are away from their families all summer while you guys are at the beach and at barbecues. No amount of money can compensate for the lost time. We should be thankful that these people sacrifice of themselves in this way. Like Miagi always used to say “no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher”.

John ONeill January 16, 2020 at 4:02 pm

@Sato — If your information is correct that would be 14 hours per day/7 days week(assuming 100 hours(not over 100), all summer (3 months I assume) Assuming it takes 40 minutes to get to/from work, that leaves one hour and 20 minutes (assuming 8 hours sleep) to shower/shave/eat breakfast,lunch and dinner. Just double checking, does my Math make sense? IF so, I would think that would take a major toll on one’s physical and mental well being.

Ron Morris January 16, 2020 at 8:36 pm

David Bayne
Sorry the facts that I post bother you. It seems for some strange reason you support the liars? Are you profiting off of this? Of course you will say no.
Sato
Nice try but no one is forcing them to work these hours. The taxpayer a few years back attempted to change this and the union put a big stink as they did not want to loose the cash cow. Also you have no idea what others are doing in regards to the beach or barbecues so please do not make assumptions in a lame attempt for people to feel sorry for those making a quarter of a million dollars with a GED on the backs of the taxpayers. You mention the word sacrifice.I don’t consider a cop sitting in a running city car using city gas playing on his phone a sacrifice

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