Meridian Star

Local News

November 22, 2009

Top 5 City Earners

Salaries obtained from FOI request

By Jennifer Jacob Brown

The City of Meridian employs hundreds of people who perform an incredible number of duties - everything from cutting grass to running the police department. And the salaries of those employees cover as broad a range as their duties, with the lowest paid employees making less than $16,000 a year and the three most well-compensated department heads each making more than $85,000.

When the Cheri Barry administration moved into the mayor's office in July, several changes were made in staff, and with those changes came some tweaks to salaries as well.

The new administration has created two new positions for which they had to find money in the budget. They've also gotten rid of a few positions that had gone dormant or were redundant, and put a $75,000 cap on starting salaries for all new department heads.

The Meridian Star took a look at the gross annual salaries of city employees, finding out which employees have the highest pay, what they're doing for those salaries, and where the salaries for new positions are coming from. The salaries were provided after The Star filed a Freedom of Information request with the city.


Top 5 Earners

At $89,252.80 a year, Ed Skipper had the highest gross salary of any city employee. Skipper has been working for the city for more than 30 years and holds two titles — director of finance and records and city clerk. As city clerk, Skipper oversees municipal elections. As finance and records director, he oversees the finances, public records, and business functions of the city.

Skipper's many responsibilities include working with the administration to create a city budget each year, ensuring that voter registration records are correct, ensuring that the city makes its debt payments, and making recommendations on financial matters to the administration and city council.

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