If you said Mayor Martin O'Malley, you'd be wrong.
Recently City Paper sent a Public Information Act request to the mayor's office, asking for a list of the top 10 highest-paid city employees. The mayor's press secretary, Raquel Guillory, promptly sent us the list, and we were a little surprised to learn that Hizzoner wasn't even in the top 10. The mayor, who earns a salary of $125,000 per year, is only the 17th highest-earning city employee in Baltimore. In fact, according to the documents we received, several individuals on O'Malley's staff make more than the mayor himself. In particular, Clarence Bishop, the mayor's chief of staff, is paid $142,800, $17,800 more than the city's head honcho. And Deputy Mayor Jeanne Hitchcock, makes $132,600, $7,600 more than her boss.
The city's top 10 highest-paid employees are as follows.
Payroll drumroll please . . .
1. Leonard Hamm, police commissioner, $151,500
2. Ralph Tyler, city solicitor, $150,000
3. William Goodwin, chief of the fire department, $148,000
4. Edward Gallagher, director of finance, $146,500
5. Clarence Bishop, mayor's chief of staff, $142,800
6. Patricia Jessamy, city state's attorney, $142,055
7. Alfred Foxx, director of transportation, $136,600
8. Otis Rolley III, director of planning, $134,700
9. George Winfield, director of public works, $133,900
10. (tie) Jeanne Hitchcock, deputy mayor, and Elliot Schlanger, chief IT officer, $132,600