Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Comparisons between the officials’ salaries in the cities of North Augusta, Aiken and Augusta-Richmond County are unavoidable. Separated by less than 20 miles, the salaries in these three governments often are used as measuring sticks between one another.
The North Augusta Star filed a Freedom of Information Act request to all three to attain a full database of employee salaries.
A full list of all three entities’ salaries can be found online at www.northaugustastar.com.
City Administrator Todd Glover is the highest paid employee, coming in at $115,360.
Below Glover is Director of Finance/Support Services John Potter at $109,405; Director of Engineering/Public Works Tom Zeaser at $101,096; Director of Public Safety John Thomas at $98,756; and Director of Public Services James Sutton at $90,606.
Other directors include Director of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Rick Meyer at $80,397 and Interim Director of Planning and Economic Development Scott Sterling at $79,853.
Mayor Lark Jones has an annual salary of $12,297 as an elected official, and all members of North Augusta’s City Council are paid $6,149.
In comparison, in the City of Aiken, the highest paid employee is City Clerk Sara Ridout at $106,100.80.
Edwin Evans, who recently retired as Aiken’s planning director, made $103,480. Finance Director Kimberly Abney ranks third at $99,257.60.
Interim City Manager Roger LeDuc, who replaced former City Manager Richard Pearce, currently makes $67,600. Once a permanent city manager is in place, this salary figure is expected to be higher. Aiken also has an assistant city manager, Stuart Bedenbaugh, who makes $83,262.40.
All together, Aiken has 15 employees who make more than $75,000, compared to North Augusta, which has 10.
Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh has an annual salary of $15,017.60. Aiken City Councilman Stephen Homoki, who acted as mayor pro team earlier this year, was paid $12,001.60 and all other members of Aiken City Council were paid $9,006.40.
The highest paid employee in Augusta-Richmond County is Gary Letellier, the airport director, at $160,000.10.
Behind him is the Director of Information Technology, Tameka Allen, at $151,557.64. Ranked third are Director of Customer Service, Thomas Wiedmeier, at $133,515.74 and Director of Public Works, Roads and Walkways, Abie Ladson, at $133,400.82.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver made $75,844.86 and Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson has a salary of $25,355.72.
Augusta-Richmond County Commission members’ salaries ranged from $15,787.46 (William Lockett, Joseph Jackson II and Alvin Mason) to $14,002.30 (Mary Davis, William Fennoy, Wayne Guilfoyle and Donald Smith Jr.). Commission members Henry Smith III and Marion Wiliams both made $15,402.40.