Top dog at Metro: $197K (and on the outs)
Following up on our recent posts about what the top executives make at Tri-Met and Oregon Public Broadcasting, we decided to ask Metro -- Portland's unique (the polite term) regional government -- for similar information about its employees. Amy Davis, the agency's payroll chief, responded with a spreadsheet showing the many hundreds of Metro employees, their titles, and what they earned in the last 12 months. As she describes it: "The wages listed are accurate for each job title and the sum of all wages for each employee reflect the total wages paid over the last 24 pay periods representing 12 month’s compensation." Some employees are listed twice because their job titles within Metro changed in that timeframe.
The spreadsheet made it relatively easy for us to sort the workers out by pay level, but the job-title-changers had to be hunted down, and there were several of those in the top ranks.
We count 38 people at the $100,000-plus level. Six make more than $150,000; 13 make more than $125,000. At the tippy-top of the pyramid is David Woolson (right), listed as "general manager," at $197,193. This is a really interesting entry, given that according to the O, Woolson's been asked to leave his post as the general manager of the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission, and the paper gives his salary as only $175,000. Hey, what's 22 grand among friends? I'm sure there's an explanation.
Anyway, next on the list is Michael Jordan, chief operating officer, at $182,663. Only around a hundred bucks behind Jordan is Richard Blandman, who held two different transportation-related posts; together, these paid him $181,629. The rest of the top 10 are as follows:
|Cooper, Daniel B.||Metro Attorney||$163,554.54|
|Blosser, Jeffrey A.||Executive Director - Oregon Convention Center||$160,641.23|
|Robinson, Scott R.||Deputy Chief Operating Officer & Director II||$153,382.53|
|Desmond, James L.||Director & Director II||$140,969.04|
|Cotugno, Andrew C.||Director II & Policy Advisor II||$140,574.16|
|Taylor, Kathleen A.||Deputy General Manager||$133,735.25|
|Vecchio, Anthony J.||Director & Director II||$131,844.00|
Whereas the average exec in the top 20 at Tri-Met is making a cool $160,135 this year, over the past year at Metro, the average employee in the top 20 made $140,170.
The whole spreadsheet for Metro is here. The sum total of all the compensation listed is $51,953,572.30. That's no zoo doo, folks.
Coming Monday: the Port of Portland.
UPDATE, 5/31, 4:30 a.m.: A couple of two-title-holders slipped past us in the original version of this post. They're nos. 7 and 8 overall:
Desmond, James L. - Director & Director II - $140,969.04
Cotugno, Andrew C. - Director II & Policy Advisor II - $140,574.16
We have revised the post to add these guys in, and to reflect their salaries.