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Fire chief, cops top list of highest Schenectady salaries

Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco, here pictured on Aug. 17, 2013, was the top earner in Schenectady in 2013.
Photographer: Kayla Galway
Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco, here pictured on Aug. 17, 2013, was the top earner in Schenectady in 2013.

— Extreme overtime for Schenectady police increased only slightly last year, according to city pay records.

The top-10 police officers earned a total of $540,943 above their normal salary in 2013.

By comparison, in 2012 the top 10 officers earned $516,840 in overtime.

That means that after raises are taken into consideration, the number of overtime hours worked actually dropped slightly this year.

The police department has been trying to reduce overtime to better manage its budget and avoid sending overtired officers on patrol.

The top earner in Schenectady was Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco, who earned $24,000 more than his $140,000 salary. Della Rocco is retiring this month.

After the chief, the list was filled with police officers who worked dozens of overtime hours every week of the year. The extra work more than doubled the salary of many police officers, and will have a similar effect on their pensions when they retire.

Photo by Peter R. Barber

Schenectady Police Lt. Mark McCracken, right, leads a suspect involved in a stabbing is put into a waiting police cruiser on Jan. 9, 2014. McCracken was the highest paid policeman in Schenectady in 2013.

The top five:

Police Lt. Mark McCracken, $158,310 (base salary $84,121)

Assistant Police Chief Michael Seber: $156,940 ($130,081)

Assistant Police Chief Jack Falvo: $154,611 ($130,0181)

Police Lt. Eric Clifford: $151,247 ($84,121)

Police Inv. Thomas Mattice: $140,743 ($69,702)

The payroll figures were released to the Daily Gazette in response to a Freedom of Information request.

 
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