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Granite City city employees added to Public Pay Database

The 2018-19 fiscal year salaries of Granite City employees have been added to the Belleville News-Democrat’s Public Pay Database.

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All five of the highest paid employees earned more than $100,000 during the fiscal year, which runs from May 1 through April 30, city records show.

Police Capt. Craig Knight, who retired in May, was the highest paid employee, earning $111,704 during the 2019 fiscal year, according to records obtain via a Freedom of Information Act request.

The second highest paid employee was Police Chief Kenneth Rozell, who earned $106,814, records show.

Police Capt. Jennifer Deyong, who was a lieutenant during the 2018-19 fiscal year, earned $106,690, making her the third highest paid employee for the city.

Former Police Chief Richard Miller, who retired in October, was paid $105,382, making him the fourth highest paid employee, city records show.

The fifth highest paid employee was Police Capt. George McLaren, who earned $102,862.

Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer earned $73,400, during the 2018-19 fiscal year, records show.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referenda.