Special to the Press
BRISTOL - The top 50 city-employed wage earners for 2016 in Bristol consisted of educational administrators and police officers for the fifth year in a row.
For the fourth consecutive year, Superintendent of Schools Ellen Solek was at the top of the list, earning $199,286.90.
The wages on the list do not include benefits, but do include overtime.
Following Solek was police Lt. Mark Moskowitz, who earned $177,831.62, a 4.8 percent increase from the year before that moved him from third to second on the list.
Next was police Detective Scott Werner, earning $175,093.43, a roughly 12.5 percent increase from the previous year that moved him up to third on the list from tenth.
Fourth was the assistant superintendent of schools in Bristol, Susan Moreau, who held that spot for the second year in a row. Moreau grossed $170,901.68, a roughly two percent increase from 2015.
Police Lt. Kenneth Gallup moved from twelfth to fifth on the list after a 9.3 percent increase, making his total earnings $167,414.27.
The Board of Education Personnel Director Samuel Galloway and Director of Teaching and Learning Pamela Brisson occupied the next two spots, both earning roughly $160,000. Detective Lieutenant Kevin Morrell closely followed, earning relatively the same as last year.
Bristol Central High School Principal Peter Wininger and Bristol Eastern High School’s Carly Fortin saw a roughly two percent increase from last year that moved Wininger from fifteenth on the list to ninth and Fortin from 16th to 10th.
The last spot on the list consisted of Erika Coleman, the citywide K-8 literacy department head, earning $134,463.30. This is 2.1 percent more than the spot grossed last year and more than the twelve spots after that earned.
The difference between the first and last spots on the list has remained stayed the same in the past two years, at roughly $66,000. The male to female ratio has also remained similar, with one more female on the list this year making a total of 16 women; who are all employed by the school board.
Six educational administrators and four police officers occupied the top 10 spots on 2016’s list, a slight difference from 2015, where it was evenly split.
Of the 50 highest earners in 2016, 29 were educational administrators, which is one more than 2015. Principals occupied 11 of those spots and assistant principals seven, slightly different from 2015’s list that consisted of 13 principals and five assistant principals.
Police officers made up the other 21 spots, which is one less than the previous year. Lieutenants occupied ten of those spots for the second year in a row, nine of which were the same lieutenants.
In 2016, the number of city workers who earned over $160,000 jumped from four to six. There were six city workers that earned between $150,000 and $160,000, 15 between $140,000 and $150,000, and 23 earned between $130,000 and $140,000.
These numbers varied slightly from the 2015 list, where 10 city workers earned between $150,000 and $160,000, 11 earned between $140,000 and $150,000, and 25 between $130,000 and $140,000.