Miami County’s highest-paid employees in 2018: Payroll Project

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Twelve Miami County employees were paid over $100,000 in 2018, up from the nine county employees who passed that benchmark in 2017, according to the Dayton Daily News Payroll Project searchable database of public employees.

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Magistrate Gary Zuhl was the highest-paid county employee after receiving his retirement payout. Zuhl received over a $47,000 increase in gross compensation from 2017 to 2018, taking in $165,602 in 2018. Zuhl ranked as the fifth highest-paid county employee in 2017.

Dayton Daily News investigation in 2017 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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Paul Huelskamp —2017’s highest-paid county employee— was elected as county engineer and was also paid by the county as a sanitary engineer. His annual gross compensation was $140,960 in both 2017 and 2018.

Local governments make payroll with your money, which is why the Dayton Daily News has assembled and made available a searchable database of pay for public employees.

Miami County’s 10 highest-paid employees in 2018 were: 

1. Gary Zuhl, magistrate: $165,602

2. Paul Huelskamp, county engineer: $140,960

3. Anthony Kendell, prosecutor: $133,941

4. Mark McDaniel, executive director of the Tri County Board: $126,322

5. Brian Green, Riverside superintendent: $113,936

6. Scott Altenburger, magistrate: $110,851

7. Dennis Propes, health commissioner: $106,458

8. Steven Layman, public defender: $105,909

9. Terri Becker, chief financial officer of the Tri County Board: $103,902

10. J Myers, executive director of the parks district: $102,835

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