Tuesday, August 2, 2011
CMPD Major Vicki Foster Goes to the Head of the Class and Cashes In
There has been a steady flow of questions regarding the lack of promotion announcements and pay raises at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
While CMPD officers struggle to meet their personal expenses, a few of the command staff are pulling in big bucks.
Data complied by the Charlotte Observer shows an amazing disparity in salaries among CMPD Majors with Veronica Foster's base nearly 10% higher than all CMPD Majors, many who have stronger backgrounds and considerably more years of service.
Foster, Veronica D $109,500
Anselmo, Diego O $100,619
Danchess, T J $100,619
Diggs, John D $100,619
Greene, Dale A $100,619
Williams, R F $100,619
Selvey, Cameron R $100,619
Gallant, Douglas E $98,642
Leonard, George A $98,642
Pearsall, Sherie E $98,642
Neimeyer, Glen A $98,642
Zinkann III, Paul J $98,642
Levins, Paul E $97,844
The above numbers do not reflect bonuses, or perks such as take home cars or secondary employment income.
Deputy Chief salaries are more uniform with Kerr Putney receiving a little more than 5% over his counterparts.
Putney, Kerr Y $118,036
Medlock, Harold E $112,785
Story, Ruth A $112,785
Graue, Katrina T $112,785
While no one wants to micro manage Charlotte's Police Department payroll there are questions that never seem to get a straight answer. Such as, what are the criteria for merit pay raises, for bonuses, and for promotions. Where are the promotion announcements that normally would have been made a month ago.
CMPD's rank and file are being asked to absorb a massive health insurance increases this year with family coverage soaring to more the $600.00 per month. Don't you think our officers have a right to expect some fairness in how promotions and pay raises are handed out?
Cedar Posts emailed Rob Trufano seeking explanation regarding Major Foster's exceptional pay and as expected nothing but crickets.
CMPD's Command Staff salary, perks, benefits and retirement costs come in at more than 5 million a year. That would sure put a lot on boots on the street or better yet reduce the financial stress many officers feel at the end of every month.