Who were Dayton’s highest paid employees in 2015?

Despite only working eight months, former city manager Warren Price was Dayton’s highest paid employee in 2015, according to payroll data obtained by the I-Team using Ohio public records laws.

Price’s $187,758 pay package last year included a $46,900 severance package and $20,798 in moving expenses, neither of which were required in his contract.

City Human Resources Director Kenneth Couch also received $16,581 in moving expenses, making him the third highest paid city employee last year.

Another fringe benefit that boosted some employee pay is the controversial executive savings plan. City airport director Terrence Slaybaugh — who left to take another job for a few months last year — made $16,934 under this program last year, ranking him eighth in total earnings.

Go here for a searchable salary database of the 1,479 city employees who made more than $50,000 last year. Mayor Nan Whaley barely made the cut with $45,344 in base pay and $4,739 in other compensation. Other city commissioners grossed a little over $42,000 a year, so aren’t in the database.

The list includes 68 employees who made more than $100,000.

The five highest paid city employees last year and their gross pay were:

1. Former city manager Warren Price: $187,758

2. Deputy City Manager Stan Earley: $143,672

3. Human Resources Director Kenneth Couch: $142,015

4. Assistant City Manager (who is now city manager) Shelley Dickstein: $141,677

5. Police Chief Richard Biehl: $141,218

You can compare these to 2014 salaries in our database as well, as well as 2014 salaries from other communities. Last year’s salaries for other communities will be added as they are received.

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