Opinion: Lou Gehrig Burnett – Who makes the big bucks?

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Who makes the big bucks?

Do you ever wonder how much money our city leaders make? If so, we have the answers for you for the elected officials and appointed department heads for the cities of Bossier City and Shreveport. As you pore over the salaries, paid by you, the taxpayers, there are some things to keep in mind.

*According to the 2014 estimates of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the population of Shreveport is 198,242, while Bossier City is 67,472. So Shreveport has nearly three times the number of residents as Bossier City.

*The names will be listed according to the amount of salary they receive, not the importance of the office held. There are two categories – the Executive or Mayor’s Office and Department Heads. Each will be dealt with separately.

*The salaries will be rounded off to the nearest dollar. Finally, longevity with the city may play a role in how much one’s salary is.
City of Bossier City

Executive or Mayor’s Office:
Lorenz Walker, Mayor – $94,000,
Cliff Oliver, Chief Administrative Officer – $93,275, Mark Natale, Public Information Officer – $68,532, Pam Glorioso, Project Coordinator – $63,180, Lucy Johnson, Mayor’s Receptionist – $40,396, Carol Anderson, Secretary of the Mayor – $37,000.

Department Heads:
James Hall, City Attorney – $109,591, Patrick McWilliams, Police Chief – $107,744, Brad Zagone, Fire Chief, $107,148, William Buffington, Finance Director – $105,176, Mark Hudson, City Engineer – $92,583, Gary Neathery, Director of Public Works – $89,722, Rodney Oar, Director of Fleet Services – $89,419, Henry Bohanon, Director of Parks and Recreation – $82,481, John Tomasek, Personnel Director – $80,000, Michael Bell, Director of Public Utilities – $80,000, Katheryn Davis, Executive Director of the Civic Center – $72,555, Robert Brown, Community Development Coordinator – $50,696.
City of Shreveport

Executive or Mayor’s Office:
Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) – $162,200, Sherricka Fields, Assistant CAO – $121,200, Ollie Tyler, Mayor – $103,786, Arlena Acree, Director of Economic Development and Film – $99,657, Africa Price, Director of Communications – $98,000, Arlene Adger, Chief Executive Assistant to the Mayor – $86,700, Mary Rounds, Confidential Secretary for the Mayor – $58,448, Karen Barnes, Fair Share Coordinator – $53,841, Brandi Hernandez, Administrative Assistant for the CAO – $50,142, Suneera Sit, Administrative Assistant for the Mayor – $43,244.
Department Heads:

Scott Wolverton, Fire Chief – $167,209, Alan Crump, Police Chief – $152,546, Shelly Ragle, Director of Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) – $150,000, Barbara Featherson, Director of the Department of Water and Sewerage – $150,000, Mark Sweeney – Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) – $148,458, Henry Thompson, Director of Airports – $140,543, Dan Thomas, Director of Information and Technology – $137,700, Robert Westerman, City Engineer – $135,138, Bonnie Moore, Director of Community Development – $133,588, Angelita Jackson, Director of Human Resources – $132,000, William Bradford, City Attorney – $129,732, Michael Wood, Director of Public Works – $125,000, Charles Madden, Director of Finance – $124,848.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.