How Gillespie's Pay Stacks Up

Doug Gillespie, Pat Mulroy, Elizabeth Fretwell, Rossi Ralenkotter and Kristina Quigley all head local tax-supported agencies in Southern Nevada but Gillespie, the only elected official in the bunch, possesses something the others don't have.

Gillespie, the Clark County sheriff, has numerous subordinates who make more in annual base pay than he does and far more whose total pay exceeds their boss.

His base pay in 2012 was $141,828, according to salary data supplied by Clark County, but 31 Metro Police employees enjoyed higher base pay last year. They included 13 police captains, six deputy chiefs, four assistant sheriffs, two corrections captains, an undersheriff, a chief financial officer, general counsel, assistant general counsel, division director and executive director.

There were also 145 employees who took home more in total pay, a figure that includes overtime, longevity, call out pay and separation pay in cases where individuals have left the agency. Topping that list was police Capt. Richard Collins, who took home $513,014.75, including $348,387.50 in separation pay.

Among the 13 agencies examined by 8 News NOW, the highest paid public servant by far is Dr. William Zamboni, chairman of the surgery department at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. His pay last year was $1,233,000.30, topping payroll numbers supplied by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Next highest on the 2012 list was UNLV men's basketball coach Dave Rice, who took home $699,551.88 in total pay.

Although most public agencies have had to work with tighter budgets since 2009 due to the financial hardships posed by the last recession, some top valley officials enjoyed pay hikes since then.

Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, had his base pay climb from $258,856 in 2009 to $276,827.20 in 2012. His total pay, which was the same as his base pay in 2009, climbed to $422,011.70 in 2012. Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, likewise enjoyed a base pay increase from $279,057 in 2009 to $298,533.88 last year. Her total pay also rose from $289,857 in 2009 to $310,133.88 last year.

Then there is Fretwell, the Las Vegas city manager, whose base pay in 2012 was $7,254 less than in 2009. But her total pay last year was $69,209 more than it was three years earlier.

Finally, there is Gillespie, whose paycheck was $6,159 smaller in 2012 than in 2009. But because his base pay is all he gets, he doesn't have access to other payments that fellow top public officials have been able to receive to pad their base pay.


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