Almost a quarter of the employees in Wood River work in the aquatics department, but they make up less than 2 percent of the budget, according to salary data from the city.
The 54 people work as lifeguards and in other positions, and they took home just $1,700 on average.
In Carlyle, the parks department made up almost half of all city employees, but they made only about $3,300.
Nearly 900 salary records for eight metro-east cities were added to the BND’s Public Pay Database, which can be found at bnd.com/publicpay. The cities are Carlyle, Chester, Greenville, Lebanon, Madison, Sparta, Trenton and Wood River.
Here are some salary averages for each city:
▪ In the City of Carlyle, 101 employees made $1,908,245.76 for an average of $18,893.52
▪ In the City of Chester, 156 employees made $2,456,284.68 for an average of $15,745.41
▪ In the City of Greenville, 67 employees made $2,156,650.91 for an average of $32,188.82
▪ In the City of Lebanon, 43 employees made $1,299,222.80 for an average of $30,214.48
▪ In the City of Madison, 109 employees made $2,060,171.68 for an average of $18,900.66
▪ In the City of Sparta, 111 employees made $2,113,320.79 for an average of $19,038.93
▪ In the City of Trenton, 60 employees made $954,660.98 for an average of $15,911.02
▪ In the City of Wood River, 209 employees made $4,817,967.29 for an average of $23,052.48
Some of highest paid people for each municipality include:
▪ City of Carlyle: John Hodapp, lineman foreman, $79,984.05
▪ City of Carlyle: Mark Pingsterhaus, police chief, $74,673.39
▪ City of Chester: Robert Helmers, police sergeant, $66,607.30
▪ City of Chester: M. Ryan Coffey, police chief, $65,506.40
▪ City of Greenville: Dave Willey, city manager, $104,877.14
▪ City of Greenville: Sue Ann Nelson, city clerk, $78,689.83
▪ City of Lebanon: Penny Pinkstaff, superintendent of water and sewer, $77,459.14
▪ City of Lebanon: Steven Knepper, police sergeant, $72,912.96
▪ City of Madison: Michael Renth, detective, $96,797.70
▪ City of Madison: Dennis Pinero, police lieutenant and assistant fire chief, $91,049.92
▪ City of Sparta: Corey Rheinecker, city manager, $85,039.73
▪ City of Sparta: Ralph Jones, police department, $67,111.71
▪ City of Trenton: Christoper Joellenbeck, police department, $75,282.23
▪ City of Trenton: Michael Jones, police department, $73,177.39
▪ City of Wood River: James Schneider, city manager, $124,864.49
▪ City of Wood River: Ronald Harris, patrolman, $98,345.54
The BND database contains more than 140,000 public salary records since 2011. The data is gathered through Freedom of Information Act requests.
The database gives basic compensation information and does not typically include retirement or insurance benefits, though some records may. In addition, some government bodies operate on a fiscal year while others operate on a calendar year, so comparisons are not always the same for the exact same time period.
Also, someone’s total pay may be more than their base pay. Some teachers, for example, make extra money by coaching sports teams. And, not everyone’s salaries may be paid by that unit. Some people may be paid through grants or state or federal government.
More schools, cities, townships, villages and other layers of government in the metro-east will be added periodically.