City administrator received most
pay in 2012
Published: January 25, 2012
THE CITY’S chief executive, Jason
Stilwell, who just completed his first full year working here,
was the most highly paid employee of the City of Carmel in 2012,
according to the salary survey released last week. A retired
fire captain also did remarkably well, receiving a $116,573.01
check for unused sick leave and vacation time, and so did a
firefighter/EMT who was paid $38,386.40 in overtime and
$5,306.40 for working on holidays.
Unseating Carmel Police Cmdr. Paul Tomasi at the top of the
city payroll, Stilwell received a total of $242,372.20,
including $170,192.62 in pay, $6,322.05 for “miscellaneous,”
$4,200 for his car allowance, $3,394.40 in vacation payout,
$6,900 in deferred compensation and $34,866.13 toward his
California Public Employees retirement. The total also includes
medical, dental/vision, life and accidental death and
dismemberment benefits, which collectively amounted to $16,497.
Tomasi, a sergeant in 2011, was the only city employee to break
the $200,000 mark that year, mostly due to his $46,764.27 in
overtime pay. In 2012, he was third, at $187,937.36, including
$102,980.86 in salary, $23,254.57 in overtime, $7,138.08 for
working on holidays, and $38,997.33 in retirement benefits.
Of the top 10 income earners in the city for 2012, eight were
police officers, the highest paid being Chief Mike Calhoun, who
received a total of $195,116.41: $123,383.04 in salary,
$5,446.32 for miscellaneous, $4,644 for unused vacation time,
and $45,482.73 for his retirement.
Coming in fourth overall was officer Chris Johnson, who got
$181,250.47, including $91,872 in pay $33,374.50 in overtime,
$5,833.08 for working on holidays and $34,604.37 in retirement
Sgt. Mel Mukai was fifth, at $179,332.63, including $106,176 in
pay and the highest amount paid out for working on holidays:
$7,352.64. Cpl. Steve Rana was sixth, with $166,525.43,
including $93,282 in salary.
Assistant city administrator Heidi Burch came in seventh, with
a total of $166,270.49, including $120,089.76 in salary,
$6,834.24 in miscellaneous, $1,800 for her car and $4,881.60 in
vacation leave payout, as well as $25,070.69 toward her
retirement. Officer Jeff Watkins was eighth, with $162,526.38,
which included $90,936.24 in pay; officer Jesse Juarez came in
ninth, with $157,319.71, including 89,616 in salary; and officer
Ken Shen was 10th, at $154,631.69, which included $91,464 in
The city worker to receive the most overtime pay — $38,386.40,
along with $5,306.40 for working on holidays — was
firefighter/EMT Spencer Reade, whose total was $136,211.07.
Retired but still paid
Fire Capt. Mitch Kastros, who retired on Dec. 31, 2011, the day
before Monterey Fire Department took over Carmel’s and absorbed
CFD employees, showed up on the salary survey for 2012 because
he was paid a staggering $102,964.05 for unused sick time during
the course of his four decades with the fire department, along
with $13,608.96 in unused vacation time. The only person who
received more cash for not taking vacations was facilities
maintenance manager Benny Martino, who retired last year, taking
home $14,197.51 in vacation-leave cash out and $27,059.59 for
unused sick time. He was a longtime city employee.
All told, taxpayers shelled out $6,754,082.66 for salaries and
benefits, including $4,258,742.93 in pay, $72,985.65 for
miscellaneous, $328,594.52 in overtime, $128,570.20 to those who
worked on holidays, $59,982.17 in vacation leave payouts,
$135,549.21 in cash-outs of sick leave, $631,593.49 for benefits
and $1,084,125.53 in retirement contributions.
While the survey lists 77 employees, eight of those are Carmel
firefighters who received some city pay while the merger with
MFD took effect. Another eight are current and former city
council members and mayors, who received medical benefits and
stipends — except for Mayor Jason Burnett, who came it at the
bottom of the list with $0, as he declined both.