The Alaska Policy Forum, which is part of a network of conservative think tanks across the country, has compiled a salary database of 2,561 Municipality of Anchorage employees so that “taxpayers have as much factual data as possible so they can encourage elected officials to make the right decisions,” David Boyle, head of APF, said in a release.
A pamphlet of the salaries is being distributed inside the Anchorage Daily Dispatch. Some of the salaries are eye-popping. As the database shows, 1,978 muni employees made more than $100,000 a year in total earnings and benefits in fiscal year 2013. One hundred sixteen of those made more than $200,000 a year, including benefits. Eight made more than $250,000 a year.
The highest paid Anchorage muni employee is ML&P foreman Robert Reese who’s represented by the IBEW. Reese makes a total of $295,530. His base salary in 2013 was $130,000. In addition, he got $97,623 in overtime. His benefit package was $67,401.
The other highest paid employee, Patrick Phillips, is also a foreman with ML&P and is also represented by the IBEW. He made $287,012 in total.
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan makes a total of $174,740, including $42,242 in benefits. His chief of staff, Dan Kendall, made $150,946 including benefits.
The APF database shows that a vast majority of the 2,561 municipal employees are represented by a union. The APF has long focused on fiscal issues—most famously the cost overruns at the Anchorage Crime Lab. But its most consistent targets have been public sector unions.
The database is timely. Anchorage Mayor Sullivan recently vetoed a public-sector union bill that largely dealt with collective bargaining. The issue will be on the Anchorage ballot in November.
Boyle is asking readers for contributions to help further fund government salary information studies form other localities. The APF reported $80,386 in revenue in 2012, including a $24,000-in kind contribution for rent. None of its three main officers—David Boyle, Paula Easley or Bob Griffin–drew a salary in 2012.
View the database here.