Miami Is Broke, but 737 City Employees Made Six Figures Last Year; Here's a Full List
The City of Miami just declared another "state of financial urgency" last week. Credit agencies have been slapping down the city's bond ratings like mosquitoes. Mayor Tomás Regalado has a $40 million budget gap looming and no clear ideas on how to close it.
But there are still 737 city employees who pulled in six figures in salary and overtime last year, according to records obtained by Random Pixels and Riptide. Twenty-one of those lucky souls topped $200,000. City Attorney Julie Bru sits atop the list, but you'll never guess who's second.
Bru earned $297,888 last year, the records show. The top ten earners also includes disastrous police Chief Miguel Exposito, who banked just more than $241,000, and fire Chief Maurice Kemp, who made $260,569.
Yet it was a police captain by the name of Richard Walterman who bumped his way up to the number two slot thanks to a heaping helping of overtime. Walterman made $289,292 in 2010.
Fire officials dominate the upper echelon of $200,000-plus earners. Of the 21 city employees who broke that barrier, 12 are in the fire department; Exposito is the lone police official in that elite pay group.
Worth noting for those who think the city hasn't made any efforts to trim salaries amid the looming double-dip recession: In 2008, the Biscayne Times found that 97 city employees, mostly from the fire department, had topped $200K.
Here's the full list so you can crunch the numbers yourself: