Police officers made up the majority of Berkeley’s highest-paid employees in 2016

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Of the city of Berkeley’s 20 highest-paid employees in 2016, 17 were police officers, according to public pay and pension database Transparent California.

Berkeley Police Department Capt. David Frankel was the highest-paid police officer in Berkeley in 2016, with a regular pay of $184,193 and total pay and benefits of $359,412. He is the third highest-paid employee in Berkeley.

Police Chief Andrew Greenwood was Berkeley’s sixth-highest-paid police employee and eighth-highest-paid employee — his regular pay was $188,465, and his total pay and benefits amounted to $343,234.

The difference between “regular pay” and “total pay and benefits” is that the latter includes overtime pay, total benefits and a category called “other pay.” Neither Frankel nor Greenwood earned overtime pay in 2016. Both, however, earned “other pay” — Frankel earned $39,477 in this category, and Greenwood earned $24,470. Frankel also earned more than Greenwood in the benefits category — the two earned $135,742 and $130,299, respectively.

These disparities in “other pay” and total benefits seem to account for Frankel’s total pay and benefits being larger than Greenwood’s, even though Greenwood’s base pay is higher.

After Frankel, the four highest-paid police employees in Berkeley in 2016 were Sgt. Peter Hong, Lt. Kevin Reece, Officer Jeremy Lathrop and Officer Lionell Dozier II. Their regular pay ranged from $115,229 to $133,856, but all earned more overtime pay than Frankel and Greenwood. Lathrop and Dozier each earned more than $116,000 in overtime pay alone.

Berkeley’s highest-paid employee in 2016 was fire apparatus operator Stanley Zukowski, followed by City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley. The two earned $388,349 and $372,745 respectively in total pay and benefits.

The city’s 14th-highest-paid employee, the only other member of the top 20 who is not a BPD employee, is Fire Captain Richard Guzman. In 2016, Guzman earned $134,466 in regular pay and $313,767 in total pay and benefits.

Berkeley stacks up near the middle in terms of police officers’ salaries when compared to nearby cities. On average, Oakland and Richmond both pay their top 10 police department employees about $45,000 and $15,000 more per person, respectively, than Berkeley does.

Oakland Police Department’s highest-paid employee earned $463,215 in 2016 in total pay and benefits, while Richmond police’s highest-paid employee earned $448,336. Both employees earned more than $80,000 more than Frankel.

Alameda and San Francisco, on the other hand, paid their top 10 employees about $30,000 and $55,000 less, respectively, than Berkeley did.

UCPD paid its top 10 employees an average of $109,000 dollars less per person than BPD does.

Here are the 10 highest-paid Berkeley Police Department employees in 2016 and their total pay and benefits:

  • Capt. David Frankel — $359,412
  • Sgt. Peter Hong — $356,632
  • Lt. Kevin Reece — $350,774
  • Officer Jeremy Lathrop — $349,219
  • Officer Lionell Dozier II — $348,642
  • Capt. Andrew Greenwood — $343,234
  • Officer Steve Rego — $334,221
  • Capt. Edward Spiller — $322,138
  • Sgt. Craig Lindenau — $322,023
  • Capt. David Reece — $321,443

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