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    Top 25 Highest Paid Employees of City of Providence

    Top 25 Highest Paid Employees of City of Providence

    I previously have highlighted the dire finances of the City of Providence, which issued termination notices to all teachers in the school district as a precautionary measure.

    But please don’t think teacher salaries and benefits are the only problem.  GoLocal Prov (h/t Hummel Report) has published a list of the Top 25 highest paid employees of the City of Providence, and the top ranks are dominated by police and firefighters. 

    These numbers include overtime and “recall” pay, which in many cases doubles the base salary, and in some cases, retroactive pay increases.  The numbers also include for police so-called “detail” pay, which essentially is what police get paid for standing next to construction road work, and some of that is paid by the contractors to the City, which then paid the officers, but there was no way to ascertain how much was such pass-through dollars.  The figures do not include the cost of benefits. 

    Nonetheless, these numbers demonstrate that City of Providence employees, particularly the police and firefighters, are very highly compensated.

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    I personally don't object to paying the front-line types a *reasonable* salary and benefits, especially those such as police and firefighters who put themselves in harm's way to help others. I do object to paying paper-pushing bureaucrats much more than the taxpayers who fund their salaries make, for much less useful functions.

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