Rockland County's top 100 earners: Eight employees made more than $200K in 2019
"Together we are ensuring fair pay for our employees without unfairly burdening local taxpayers." - County Executive Ed Day
- Eight county employees made more than $50,000 in overtime last year.
- Rockland’s 2019 budget was $709 million in total, with more than $142 million for employee salaries
- The overtime budget through all departments was $6.6 million, according to the breakdown
- A sewers maintenance mechanic had the most overtime, nearly matching his $87,424 salary with $85,209 in OT
Eight employees of Rockland County made more than $200,000 in total pay last year, when including overtime and other extra pay.
Salary records show that all eight worked for the county sheriff and district attorney’s offices. Five DA criminal investigators were the top paid county workers in 2019, and accounted for seven of the top 10 earners for the year, according to salary records.
The Journal News/lohud analyzed salary records showing the top highest earning county employees in 2019. Total pay can include OT, retirement cash outs and other extra pay.
The records show:
- 53 of the top 100 earners in county government worked for the county sheriff’s office, while 15 worked in the DA’s office.
- Eight people made more than $50,000 in overtime for the year.
- One employee made more for the year in OT than he did in salary.
- 37 of the top 100 earners were commissioners and high-ranking administrators who made no OT for the year.
Rockland government is emerging from several years of instability, with a $138 million budget gap a few years ago. But County Executive Ed Day, a Republican, has said Rockland is transitioning from “a crisis management model to a place of stability.”
He said higher salaries in law enforcement positions are reflective of the overall demands of that area. He said the positions and salary levels are the results of a joint effort of government and negotiations with labor unions in collective bargaining agreements.
"With the settling of several union contracts in the last two years, we have ensured fiscal responsibility and made impactful operational changes," Day said. "This could not have happened without the noteworthy cooperation of our local unions and the hard work of our bargaining team. Together we are ensuring fair pay for our employees without unfairly burdening local taxpayers."
The county employed more than 1,700 last year, a decrease of several hundred over the last decade. Day has said that 68% of its workforce will be eligible for retirement over the next six years and the county is offering succession training to make up the gaps.
The size of the county’s staff and the costs associated with it continue to be a main driver of Rockland’s spending. Rockland’s 2019 budget was $709 million in total, with more than $142 million of that for employee salaries and another $114.8 million for benefits, according to a county fiscal impact breakdown of personnel costs.
The overtime budget through all departments was $6.6 million, according to the breakdown. The budget for 2020 is $730 million, and overtime is expected to decrease slightly, brought in large part to decreases in jail overtime brought about by statewide bail reform that has driven the population of county jails down across the state.
Overtime outside of jail management is up from $4 million in 2019 to $4.2 million, according to the adopted budget.
Although the county executive and several other top administrators didn't crack the top 100 of total pay, the 2020 budget came with hefty raises for the executive, sheriff Louis Falco and Rockland county lawmakers.
Who was paid the most?
The three highest earners in county departments last year each took home more than $220,000 for the year. Here’s a look at the top 10:
- Raymond Gregg Jr., criminal investigator. Total compensation: $227,380. Base pay: $156,878.
- Martin Ancin, senior criminal investigator. Total compensation: $227,123. Base pay: $184,003.
- Mary Murphy, senior criminal investigator. Total compensation: $222,979. Base pay: $183,003.
- Cyril Kerr, criminal investigator. Total compensation: $219,680. Base pay: $159,205.
- Brendan Donohue, supervising criminal investigator. Total compensation: $212,765. Base pay: $189,467.
- Antoine Decolyse, patrol captain. Total compensation: $208,548. Base pay: $200,625.
- Richard Serrano, criminal investigator. Total compensation: $203,947. Base pay: $156,878.
- William Barbera, chief of patrol. Total compensation: $201,908. Base pay: $200,626.
- John Antonucci, criminal investigator. Total compensation: $197,726. Base pay: $149,498.
- Susan Hoerter, psychiatrist. Total compensation: $197,106. Base pay: $192,865.
Most extra pay
Frederick Barrett, a sewers maintenance mechanic, had the most overtime of anyone on the list. Nearly matching his $87,424 salary with $85,209 in OT for the year.
Supervising Housekeeper Angelo Quattrocchi pulled in more in OT for the year, $83,034, than his $66,195 salary.
The other employees to rake in more than $50,000 for the year in overtime were
- criminal investigator Raymond Gregg Jr. $65,721
- correction Sgt. William Carr, $65,721
- criminal investigator Cyril Kerr, $61,035
- shift operator James Kiernan, $58,173
- correction Lt. Louis Falco IV, $57,200
- correction Sgt. David Marzella, $53,598
The top 10 highest paid employees by base salary were:
1. William Barbera, chief of patrol: $200,626
2. Antoine Decolyse, patrol captain: $200,625
3. Kevin Gilleece, acting district attorney: $200,400
4. Thomas Zugibe, district attorney: $197,600
5. Susan Hoerter, psychiatrist: $192,865
6. Brendan Donohue, supervising criminal investigator: $189,467
7. Theodore Brovarski, patrol lieutenant: $184,260
Dennis Stoll, patrol lieutenant
8. Martin Ancin, senior criminal investigator: $184,003
John Gould, senior criminal investigator
Mary Murphy, senior criminal investigator
James Stewart, senior criminal investigator
9. Mohammed Karimi-Pashaki, psychiatrist: $179,922
10. Laura Carbone, medical examiner: $179,558
Frank Esposito contributed graphics and data analysis.