SAN LEANDRO — The San Leandro Police Department topped the city's pay scale last year for the most employees earning more than $100,000, with 50 officers pulling in six figures, according to city data.

Citywide, City Manager John Jermanis made the most money with $201,100, followed by Assistant City Manager Steve Hollister with $163,509. Police Chief Dale Attarian earned $152,438, Library Director David Bohne earned $151,891 and Finance Director Jesse Baloca earned $151,649.

In all, 78 of the 486 city employees last year earned more than $100,000.

MediaNews requested San Leandro's salary figures for 2006 earnings in August after the California Supreme Court ruled that governments must disclose what they are paying their workers.

San Leandro provided that data this month, and, not surprisingly, the Police Department had the most employees with six-figure incomes.

Much of the reason for that stems from the amount of overtime police officers accrued, said Human Resources Director Justinian Caire.

For the past several years, the city had been running in the red, which led to budget cuts.

The Police Department was one of the departments that suffered the most, being reduced to 90 officers last year.

To make up for the reduced staff, Caire said, police logged an unusually large amount of overtime — more than $1 million worth — which mainly accounted for court appearances, training, filling in shifts to make up for the shortage, and other obligatory duties.

"I've seen a lot of those things happening over the last year," Caire said, "and I think that exacerbates the problem."

The city saw its first budget surplus this year and was able to add three more officers.

Caire said the city shouldn't have to pay much more than last year on police overtime, but the Police Department is still expected to log a lot of overtime this year.

"Their flexibility isn't like other departments," Caire said. "So whatever their situation, they just have an unusual set of circumstances."

One of the more surprising names among the city's top earners was Officer Theodore Henderson, who received $136,556 — more than the police captain, a lieutenant and two sergeants.

Caire said the base pay for a patrolman without rank is $86,028, and Henderson, a 15-year veteran, logged enough in overtime to put him well above the $100,000 mark. Caire ranked seventh among the city's top earners with $147,131. Besides the Police Department, all of the other city employees making six figures were either department heads or in senior positions.

Compared with other cities in the Bay Area, San Leandro's public employee salaries fared about in the middle. San Leandro spent $32 million on employee pay, including overtime and benefits, according to salary reports.

This year, payroll costs increased by $2.5 million, mainly because of an increase in part-time employees and cost-of-living adjustments for police and other employees.