An ongoing coronavirus pandemic wasn’t going to stand in the way of city employees making big bucks, with more earning six figures, $200,000 and $300,000 in 2020 than they did in 2019.
As always, the top of the list is dominated by the city’s cops and firefighters, according to the city’s 2020 payroll data released Friday. The year’s top earner was police Lt. Sean Smith, who enjoyed stacking $124,396 in overtime, $45,210 in detail work, $36,447 in Quinn Bill bonuses and $13,161 in “other” on top of his $145,788 in base pay to bring home $365,001.
Following right after him was Detective Waiman Lee, who took home $96,127 in OT and $111,688 in detail pay to bring the gumshoe to $360,143. Then came Sgt. Detective John Brown, who benefited in $155,123 in OT pay to bring home a total of $345,758, and then Capt. John Danilecki — frequent target of lefty activists’ ire and resident of the district attorney’s list of “questionable” police officers due to a reported internal-affairs investigation — made $339,928.
The top nine names on the list are all police officers. Then there’s a fire deputy chief, followed by 10 more cops, and then Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, who was sitting on a salary of $280,000 padded by $31,712 of unspecified “other” dough to end up with a total of $311,712 in her first full year leading the district.