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NEWARK — Nearly half of the city's employees made more than $100,000 last year, and three made more than $200,000, according to salary information obtained by The Argus.

City Manager John Becker topped the list with an income of $211,800, followed by Police Chief Ray Samuels, who earned $206,274, and Assistant City Manager Dennis Jones, who earned $204,888.

Rounding out the top 10 were City Attorney Gary Galliano at $194,892; Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer at $194,052; fire Battalion Chief Brian Caminada at $181,062; fire Capt. Bruce Armstrong at $179,784; fire Battalion Chief Michael Jay at $176,358; fire Battalion Chief Anthony Connell at $166,272; and fire Capt. Robert Bodnar at $159,986. The totals for the battalion chiefs and captains include overtime.

In all, 107 of the city's 220 employees made $100,000 or more.

The salary list was requested by The Argus after a state Supreme Court decision last month required local governments to disclose such information for all their employees, with a few exceptions for undercover police and other workers.

While firefighters topped the list in Newark, the majority of the city's police officers also had six-figure incomes. The highest paid officer, except for the chief, was Lt. Tom Milner, who took home $154,095.

The entry-level base salary is

$82,740 for firefighters and $83,520 for police officers, but most employees earn more based on experience, promotions and overtime.


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Twenty-four cops and firefighters garnered more than $10,000 in overtime in 2006, and 11 took home more than $20,000. The top overtime earner — Armstrong, the fire captain — took home $46,354. Police Officer Anthony Heckman earned the most overtime among cops — $35,309.

A total of 101 city employees earned an average of $6,664 in overtime last year.

Salary figures were similar in neighboring Fremont, where 383 city employees — nearly half of the city's full-time work force — made more than

$100,000 last year.

City Manager Fred Diaz was the highest earner, receiving $251,788 in total compensation. He was followed by City Attorney Harvey Levine, $243,185; Police Chief Craig Steckler, $226,638 and Fire Chief Bruce Martin, $200,181.

Nearly every full-time sworn member of the police and fire departments earned six figures, and the two departments accounted for 288 out of the 384 employees making more than $100,000.

Overtime was a major factor in Fremont as well. The fire department tallied more than

$3.6 million in overtime, while the police department paid just over $2.6 million.

The top overtime recipient, firefighter Jeff Place, earned $77,838.