Boston Police Commish would do well to explore suburbs if he wants a raise

boston police patchThe Boston Globe reports that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is exploring options for getting Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans a raise given that the chief actually had to take an 11% pay cut when he was named to the city’s top law enforcement post in January. As the Commish, Evans no longer is eligible for certain pay perks and as a result a couple hundred people who work for the department have pay packages that exceed his $174K deal. Walsh is looking for permission to pay Evans as much as $200K.

While Southie boy Evans might very well value the prestige, responsibility and action of being the Boston police commish more than the money, if he were to be looking for higher pay, he’d have to look no further than burbs like Wellesley. Though he’d need to build up seniority.

Chief Terrence Cunningham is listed in the 2012-2013 annual report as having been paid nearly $186K — but keep in mind he’s been on the force for about 30 years. Officer Tim Barros, who has been with the force for 15 years, isn’t far behind at $179K.

About 25 members of the Wellesley police force are listed as having gross salaries of more than $100K, and if you’re wondering, School Superintendent David Lussier is listed as having the town’s top salary at about $190K.

While I didn’t get a chance to do an exhaustive survey of other local police pay, Newton’s police chief made $154K, according to that city’s most recent earnings report. Natick’s chief makes $173K, four years into that job. Dover’s chief made $138K last year, according to theĀ annual report of the town, which has a population of about 5,500.

 

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