He was also paid $36,010 as the county’s sanitary engineer. When asked, Huelskamp provided a legal opinion from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office saying a county engineer – who has restrictions on what type of private sector work he can do – can be paid separately as a sanitary engineer.
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Huelskamp said Miami County doesn’t need a full-time sanitary engineer, but with the two posts, “I think it adds up to more than one full-time job.”
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Miami County’s 10 highest-paid employees last year were:
1. Paul Huelskamp, county engineer: $140,960
2. Anthony Kendell, county prosecutor: $127,563
3. Mark McDaniel, executive director of the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services: $122,689
4. Steve Lord, chief sheriff’s deputy: $120,199
5. Gary Zuhl, municipal court magistrate: $117,963
6. Brian Green, superintendent of Riverside Developmental Disabilities: $110,651
7. Steven Layman, public defender: 102,440.78
8. Terri Becker, chief financial officer of the Tri-County Board Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services: 100,942.16
9. Gretchen Beers, common pleas court magistrate: 100,157.45
10. J. Scott Myers, executive director of the Miami County Park District: 99,618.00