Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team reporter Josh Sweigart at Josh.Sweigart@coxinc.com.
Greene County paid 13 employees more than $100,000 last year, one more than in 2016, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees.
Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the I-Team has assembled and made available a searchable database of pay for public employees.
Greene County Developmental Disabilities Superintendent John La’Rock was paid $155,283 last year, making him the county’s highest-paid employee.
La'Rock and his wife Jill previously made the highest-paid employee list before Jill retired in October 2016 as a department director in the agency John oversees.
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LaRock last year accepted a public reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission for improperly approving his wife’s performance evaluations between 2010 and 2012.
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The 10 highest paid Montgomery County employees in 2017 were:
1. Developmental Disabilities Superintendent John La’Rock: $155,283
2. County Prosecutor Stephen Haller: $127,563
3. County Administrator Brandon Huddleson: $123,159
4. Court Logistics Coordinator Dennis McManes: $117,759
5. Public Defender Arthur Sidell: $115,003
6. Director of Sanitary Engineering Ronald Volkerding: $106,630
7. Assistant Prosecutor Suzanne Schmidt: $106,080
8. Finance Director Myra Jackson: $105,376
9. Estate of Chief Magistrate Raymond Dundes (deceased): $105,090
10. County Engineer Rob Geyer: $104,950
An I-Team investigation last year found the ability to cash out unused sick and vacation leave is a rare perk in the private sector, though local governments are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars worth of these payments.
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