Huber Heights’ highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project

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


The city of Huber Heights paid 26 employees more than $100,000 last year, the same number as in 2016, according to the I-Team Payroll Project searchable database of public employees.

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City Manager Rob Schommer was the city's highest-paid worker, earning $150,544 in gross compensation. Schommer retired and was re-hired in January in a deal that included a $15,000 payment and release from the requirement that he live in the city.

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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.

Huber Heights’ 10 highest-paid employees in 2017 were:

1. Rob Schommer, city manager: $150,544

2. Frank Crouse, police sergeant: $146,522

3. Donnie Jones, assistant city manager: $128,474

4. John Evans, fire battalion chief: $123,011

5. Gregory Baumle, fire battalion chief: $120,500

6. Michael Muhl, fire battalion chief: $116,728

7. Mark Lightner, police chief: $116,122

8. Anthony Ashley, police lieutenant: $115,600

9. James Bell, finance director: $115,545

10. Keith Knisley, fire battalion chief: $115,220

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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