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Continuing our series on executive salaries at government agencies and nonprofits in the Portland area, today we spotlight the Port of Portland. They've got quite a payroll over there, as indicated by the list they have furnished us of non-union employees whose base salaries are in excess of $100,000.

There are 79 individuals in that category at the Port. Nine of them make more than $150,000 a year; 22 over $125,000. The average exec in the top 20 is paid $161,161.

At the top of the Port pyramid is the executive director, Bill Wyatt (right), at a base salary of $269,910. (That places him above Fred Hansen, Tri-Met's general manager, whose salary is $256,954.) Second in line for gravy at the Port is Carla Kelley, the general counsel, at $214,040; followed by Steven Schreiber, the director of aviation, at $208,049.

Here is the rest of the top 10:

Granato, Vincent L.CFO & Director Ops Services$192,300
Watters, Stanley K.Director of Dev Svcs & IT$182,685
Ruda, Nathaniel M.Director of Marine$182,685
Imeson, Thomas J.Director of Public Affairs$174,176
Woodworth, Gail L.Director of Human Resources$168,320
Peterson, Thomas M.Chief Engineer$150,810
Ashton, David P.Assistant General Counsel$142,655

The full list of the individuals over $100,000 is here. We're told by Gail Woodworth, the Port's human resources head, that no one in the agency has received a bonus recently, and so the base salary figures accurately reflect these individuals' pay. They all participate in the Oregon PERS retirement system. Woodworth adds:

As information, Mr. Wyatt’s salary in the report reflects a 10% salary reduction that was part of the Port’s recent cost-cutting measures. Each of the Port’s six Directors and the General Counsel have taken a 3.5% pay reduction and will take 7 furlough days, both equaling a 6% salary reduction. The rest of the administrative employees will take 15 furlough days which equals a 4.6% salary reduction. The furlough days are not reflected in the base salaries reported. There will be no further salary increases until mid 2010, dependent upon economic conditions.
If Wyatt's listed salary is 10% less than what he was getting before, that puts his previous salary at $299,900.

The appearance of Imeson on this list of top dogs is not surprising, but it serves as another reminder of how membership in the network continues to have its privileges.

We'll keep poking around for interesting salary data that you don't hear much about, even though it's technically a pubic record, and we'll report our findings on the blog as we go along. Feel free to nominate your favorite agency or charity for scrutiny.

Comments (24)

Imeson, Thomas J. Director of Public Affairs $174,176

How typical. A Goldshmidt partner sitting in some over paid gravey train job living large on the taxpayers dime.

The Imeson family must be enjoying the good life. And Tom works so hard too!

I'll do that job, and better, for a mere $125,000.

Any other bidders?

And a real enlightening effect is when Imeson, and some others, take a 15 day furlough and no one notices any loss of agency productivity.

Can't you just imagine what Imeson's typical work day produces?
He probably puts more effort into commuting than anything at work while feeling entitled to the the "job" and pay.

The "Oregon Food bank"

Please look at this one.

I would like to see PSU salaries. I know they barely pay new profs a living wage there but the paper pushers probably make bank.

It's my opinion that Tom Imeson assisted Goldchmidt in helping to "keep all the stones unturned" in the Francke investigation while Goldschmidt was governor.

Goldschmidt had professed to the public and the Francke family that he "would leave no stone unturned" in the ensuing investigation. The Cory Streisinger memo contradicts that claim, as do memos from Imeson immersed in the Goldschmidt Archives.

Having Imeson as a Director of Public Affairs for any government agency is disturbing, and does indeed reflect membership in the Goldschmidt network still has it's privileges.

UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE!

Our tax dollars at work.
So disheartening to see how far off course our government has gone.

Our tax dollars making millionaires of these career bureaucrats.

Why is there no public outrage?

Is everybody so asleep?

I guess the answer is yes.

And this is going on ALL ACROSS AMERICA!

Used to work at the POP and know many of these people - while there are some very talented people on this list making a fair salary that seems comenserate w/ their abilities - at least a third, and probably half of the people on this list could not find a job in the private sector at anywhere near what they are making at the port – which is ridiculous when you think about a govt. agency paying so much above market rate salaries.

The City of Portland, especially PDOT.

They deserve it. Think of all that coffee coming into town...

Yea, what do all those clowns at PDOT make? Jack, can you find that out?

PDOT is known to be the most inefficient, passive-agressive agency of them all.

Try dealing with their right-of-way acquisition staff (who take your property). Dealing with them is like watching reruns of The Sopranos.

Oh....and they just got raises !!!!

The Oregonian supposedly has all of the city salaries posted if you use their search engine. The data's probably at least a little old. Let me see if I can dredge up a link.

Here is an e-mail message I received this morning:

Dear Mr. Bogdanski:

It has come to our attention that the salary listed for Peggy Krause ($100,240.00) is not reflective of her actual pay. While it is a base salary for that position, Peggy is currently working part time. Last year her salary totaled $35,516.66.

Not sure that makes a difference for your on-line database, but we have notified the employee that we will draw it to your attention.

Martha Crawford Richmond, APR
Corporate Media Relations Manager
Port of Portland

WOW !!!!

I bet a lot of bureaucrats hang out on this blog. It's nice to be corrected so soon after posting, isn't it?

Gee, you get a little number wrong about one of their employees and they are johnny on the spot to correct you with the right information.

Request where money is spent, or any number of other basic items and get squat.

For instance.

Hey Port management,
Can you please tell me what the property tax revenue is from all of the new Cascade Station big box/strip mall development?

In case you don't know.
It's your property you leased out.

Hello! We are in a resession! Funny how they make so much money and the people who pay their wages...DID NOT GET A #u@&!% RAISE THIS YEAR!!!

Our employers could not AFFORD it!

Here's the Oregonian's search engine. It is not clear where their data came from, and as of when. It also does not cover every public body in the region:

http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2009/01/query.html

The Salem paper has a search engine for state employees:

http://community.statesmanjournal.com/salary/state_employee.php

These are 2007 numbers, apparently.

They also do Salem-area cities:

http://community.statesmanjournal.com/salary/city_employee.php

And Marion County:

http://community.statesmanjournal.com/salary/county_employee.php

What's up with the personal attach of people and their incomes. Most of these political blowhards make 1/2 what their private counterparts make. Rightfully so, being they're on the public dollar. But really, they've gone to school, they've spent years of their lives working toward these types of positions. Why are you and these commentors so determined to slam them for making decent money.

As for the $125k offer up above, maybe you should have applied? Yeah, maybe so.

In addition, Government gets the slop of humanity anyway, no reason to decrease what little efficiency it has by attacking public employee salaries when they are barely competitive to begin with.

Can't you just attack the waste of space and waste of dollar programs instead of the individuals?

Adron, not so fast. I'll bet money that 3/4 of those bloated bureaucrats got their jobs as a payoff of some sort or were planted their by Goldy's network for purposes not for the public good...

It's not clear to me why posting the salaries of public employees give so many of your readers such a thrill. Would it increase their endorphin levels if they all had to reveal their own salaries. What would happen to the Dilberts in the next cube if everybody had show theirs to everyone else? Are you ready for that, or is this torture reserved just for public sector cube dwellers? At least you should be accurate. At the Port, 97% of revenue is generated by transactions, managed by the folks on the list and their staffs, the remaining 3% comes from a property tax assessment on the three county TriMet property tax bill (show up at a public commission meeting once a month and check it out) - or are you all too busy whining about what others are up to. And one more thing, some of those on the list left better paying jobs in the private sector to join the Port and make a contribution to the region's economy. The work is interesting and the Port is a major contributor to the local job market. In fact, I'd guess that many of the posters would be out of work if not for the this element of the Port's contribution. So Jack, how much do you make? How about having your posters reveal their salaries, too? What about it, big guy?

Dan, you'll have to take that up with Congress and the state Legislature. Port salaries are public records -- mine isn't.

Very disappointing Jack, a real cop out job. Just because we can get the info is not a good enough reason to make it public. Just because you aren't required to reveal your numbers is not reason enough to keep it secret. It's kind of like the bully in the schoolyard - is that you, Jack - the schoolyard bully? I thought we'd moved beyond such behavior. Very disappointing, indeed. Actually kind of whimpy. You're not even much of a bully...

Sorry you don't like me, Dan. You're free to leave any time. But please do stop trying to bait me. It won't work.

It's not clear to me why posting the salaries of public employees give so many of your readers such a thrill. Would it increase their endorphin levels if they all had to reveal their own salaries.

there's a reason they're called "public" employees, big guy. as for "thrill", I think you're creating that in your own mind. I don't find it "thrilling", myself, but I do find it interesting.

How about having your posters reveal their salaries, too? What about it, big guy?

When you pay my salary, big guy, then we can talk disclosure. but since I didn't choose to take a job in the public sector, paid for by citizens (both directly and indirectly), and I don't work for you, I'm not sure why I'd take your request seriously.

Are you ready for that, or is this torture reserved just for public sector cube dwellers?

that's funny. I've never heard the executive management--most all making six figures, at least--being called "cube dwellers". nice try, though.

In fact, I'd guess that many of the posters would be out of work if not for the this element of the Port's contribution.

wow. you really don't understand how capital and money get created, do you?

And one more thing, some of those on the list left better paying jobs in the private sector to join the Port and make a contribution to the region's economy.

aww, shucks. I guess since they don't get paid as much for taking a voluntary public service job, I'd better not ask for the rules and laws of disclosure to be applied to them, and I'd better stop doing that annoying scrutiny of public spending on salaries. I mean, all those well-paid executives are virtuous. how unfair of me.

I thought we'd moved beyond such behavior. Very disappointing, indeed. Actually kind of whimpy. You're not even much of a bully...

I know, right? but luckily, you get to sit a few miles away and write courageously and boldly on the blog that Jack pays money to host your comments. you stud!

Very disappointing Dan, a real cop out job. Despite being turned into long-term careers, public sector jobs--especially at the executive level--are a privilege, paid for by citizens. yes, Dan, by *citizens*. trying to focus on the "transactions" part of where the money comes from, and ignoring the rest, is the biggest part of your "cop out job".


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