From elected officials to police officers, the analysis evaluated the gross wages of about 1,100 people employed by Erie County and Sandusky. Gross wages account for all payments the employees received, including overtime, vacation and retirement payouts. In total, Erie County and Sandusky taxpayers fronted about $43 million for salaries in 2012, paying the average county or city worker about $39,000 a year.
Earning close to $134,000 a year, Icsman is the top-paid employee in both Sandusky and Erie County. He primarily provides legal counsel to the seven city commissioners.
The second highest-paid employee in Sandusky, city manager Nicole Ard, also supervises city operations. Hired in October 2011, Ard earned about $125,500 in 2012.
Pete Schade’s healthy salary — the highest among about 900 Erie County employees — has skyrocketed almost 38 percent in the past seven years.
At the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties executive director Kirk Halliday and his No. 2 employee, Beth Williams round out the list of the Top 5 earners in the study, respectively holding the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.
Read more about top-paid government employees and what they do to earn their salaries in today's Register or e-paper.