Palo Alto police officers like St. Petersburg police officers boost their salaries with overtime pay

 

Officer Stanley Maybell earned $49,415 in overtime and extra pay, adding to a base salary of $59,425 for a total of $108,841.

Officer Stanley Maybell earned $49,415 in overtime and extra pay, adding to a base salary of $59,425 for a total of $108,841.

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Name Name Job Title Department Salary    Overtime
Moore Adrienne Police Agent/Adv Police $115,142.50 $78,042.02
Honiker Michael Police Sgt/Adv Police $149,597.67 $6,361.91
Jackson Curtiss Police Sgt/Adv Police $132,573.13 $19,294.93
Kratt Ken Police Sgt/Adv Police $131,616.34 $27,832.71
Perron Zachary Police Lieut-Adv Police $144,703.48 $15,564.60
Tannock Duane Police Sgt/Adv Police $134,320.53 $7,791.70
Benitez Wayne Police Sgt/Adv Police $129,208.12 $2,662.00
Flohr David Police Sgt/Adv Police $128,960.91 $22,375.04
Bonilla Robert Police Lieut-Adv Police $142,364.49 $1,008.43
Bullerjahn Richard Police Sgt/Adv Police $125,842.79 $16,606.74
Savage Scott Police Sgt/Adv Police $132,044.74 $11,357.35
Kan Michael Police Officer-Inter Police $105,913.60 $202.74
Wagner April Police Lieut-Adv Police $132,062.08 $15,703.64
Lum Patricia Police Sgt/Adv Police $129,381.48 $11,945.05
Lee Craig Police Agent/Adv Police $116,016.49 $29,945.83
Jenkins Jason Police Agent/Adv Police $115,105.39 $15,909.03
Afanasiev Alexander Police Sgt/Adv Police $127,462.42 $10,267.37
Alaniz John Police Officer-Inter Police $107,389.24 $17,443.34
Lee Chong In Police Officer-Inter Police $111,912.15 $24,802.37
Maloney Cornelius Police Sgt/Adv Police $128,627.20 $10,827.48
Nielepko Maximilian Police Agent/Adv Police $121,832.81 $17,459.58
Philip Brian Police Sgt/Adv Police $132,882.56 $2,547.44
Paneda Jesus Police Agent/Adv Police $116,533.12 $16,747.68
Becchetti Benjamin Police Sgt/Adv Police $122,126.46 $8,074.98
Madrigal Salvador Police Agent/Adv Police $122,992.63 $5,858.40
Fino Daniel Police Officer-Inter Police $106,248.95 $10,965.45
Estrada Marco Police Officer-Inter Police $114,245.38 $15,221.09
Moore Christopher Police Officer-Inter Police $106,563.80 $5,678.87
Bready Jean Police Agent/Adv Police $121,102.61 $3,797.36
Monroe Jared Police Officer-Inter Police $106,733.27 $22,510.16
Souza Heather Police Agent/Adv Police $117,915.88 $5,225.22
Priess Sascha Police Agent/Adv Police $114,644.74 $9,735.29
Reifschneider James Police Agent/Adv Police $114,867.50 $8,413.11
Becker Anthony Police Agent/Adv Police $123,147.17 $3,225.76
Apple Kara Police Sgt/Adv Police $119,261.82 $3,128.42
Burger Kelly Police Agent/Inter Police $112,211.13 $14,158.31
Ghilarducci Cole Police Officer-Inter Police $102,479.96 $20,952.36
Temores, Jr. Manuel Police Officer-Inter Police $111,911.96 $18,462.88
Villaescusa Marianna Police Agent/Adv Police $118,199.86 $5,577.92
Park Edward Police Officer-Inter Police $103,625.60 $18,662.11
Kono Cynthia Police Officer-Inter Police $109,801.20 $16,617.79
Holler Anjanette Police Officer-Inter Police $105,077.60 $17,233.39
Sunseri Aaron Police Agent/Adv Police $114,952.75 $4,644.89
Guy David Police Officer-Inter Police $106,359.62 $1,896.83
Parham Luis Police Agent/Adv Police $118,530.50 $3,674.83
Lewis David Police Officer-Inter Police $111,485.06 $2,726.39
Collet Kimberly Police Agent/Adv Police $119,105.25 $298.38
Chase Mark Public Safety Dispatcher Police $89,551.20 $39,987.58
Kilpatrick Brad Police Officer-Inter Police $106,895.34 $10,439.28
Bybee Daniel Police Agent/Adv Police $99,916.80 $17,317.20
Pojanamat Dan Police Officer-Inter Police $104,853.17 $21,050.14
Young Bradley Police Officer-Inter Police $107,442.92 $14,355.84
Bulatao Eric Police Officer-Inter Police $100,314.19 $19,278.95
Martinez Nicolas Police Officer-Inter Police $105,913.60 $11,561.01
Hughes Tyson Police Officer-Inter Police $106,532.61 $5,349.20
Green DuJuan Police Agent/Adv Police $111,174.89 $3,955.33
Clum John Public Safety Dispatcher Police $89,547.48 $30,841.79
De Santiago Carlos Police Officer-Inter Police $115,087.84 $3,744.06
Souza Derek Police Officer-Inter Police $106,815.08 $7,339.55
Lee Benjamin Police Officer-Inter Police $106,734.71 $4,873.07
DeStefano Thomas Police Officer-Inter Police $108,297.35 $7,469.45
Schmidt Jeremy Police Officer-Inter Police $97,576.43 $14,602.71
Hornung Joel Police Officer-Inter Police $99,937.92 $2,351.01
Orchard Holly Police Officer-Inter Police $110,021.33 $553.14
Smith Sean Public Safety Dispatcher Police $89,692.72 $28,043.92
Correia Christopher Police Officer-Inter Police $105,062.33 $6,638.64
Walker Sheavounda Public Safety Dispatcher Police $88,581.60 $24,256.11
Christmas Melda Police Officer-Inter Police $105,913.60 $4,607.64
Vanbibber Douglas Police Officer-Inter Police $106,909.91 $5,182.61
Whitman Patricia Public Safety Dispatcher Police $78,356.64 $37,344.39
Pecoraro David Police Officer-Inter Police $106,616.09 $526.86
Seghetti Daniel Police Officer-Inter Police $104,574.29 $6,253.81
Jolin Christine Police Officer-Inter Police $105,913.60 $2,395.81
Longoria Marissa Public Safety Dispatcher Police $79,845.67 $27,085.32
Carrasco Anthony Police Officer-Inter Police $92,172.55 $9,457.74
O’Brien Laurence Business Analyst – S Police $103,121.60 $3,215.52
Spencer Erika Public Safety Dispatcher Police $80,366.63 $23,041.67
Sandoval Lisa Public Safety Dispatcher Police $77,975.52 $23,402.69
Burgio Paul Police Officer-Inter Police $96,032.61 $732.96
Strickland Teresa Public Safety Dispatcher Police $79,402.56 $20,341.59
Elmore Brina Public Safety Dispatcher Police $74,889.04 $22,688.84
Harris II Ronald Police Officer-Inter Police $81,149.24 $11,934.77
Phillips Rebecca Police Sgt/Adv Police $84,279.84 $484.65
Hammett Christopher Police Agent/Adv Police $74,498.96 $2,288.80
Hoang Terri Comm Tech Police $85,009.60 $8,960.67
Salkeld Joshua Police Officer-Inter Police $80,906.24 $10,967.75
Furtado Brian Public Safety Dispatcher Police $88,103.76 $1,877.94
Andersen Terrence Public Safety Dispatcher Police $80,018.88 $10,157.58
Moore Lindsay Public Safety Dispatcher Police $68,656.30 $19,153.47
Kirkland Melissa Public Safety Dispatcher Police $78,170.62 $11,584.44
Tavares Dacia Crime Analyst Police $74,853.28 $9,173.68
Chamberlin Paul Court Liaison Officer Police $69,653.92 $8,884.97
Warrior William Animal Control Off Police $55,972.80 $17,497.88
Downey Sean Police Officer-Inter Police $62,895.29 $7,430.89
Washington Jeannette Animal Control Off Police $55,972.82 $10,885.93
Johnson Heather Code Enforcement Off Police $67,526.33 $1,492.54
Miskelly Dale Animal Services Spec II Police $62,396.85 $3,163.27
Jaca Jr Loreto Veterinarian Tech Police $57,365.25 $2,766.88
Morquecho Dolores Administrative Associate Police $61,915.60 $267.42
Lamberson Dana Administrative Associate Police $61,796.80 $512.56
Cushman Casey Animal Control Off Police $55,972.86 $3,698.46
Macartney Cody Animal Control Off Police $28,885.87 $32,259.64
Silva Paula Police Records Specialist Police $56,851.85 $618.34
Mora Gabriel Community Serv Offcr Police $57,033.60 $493.57
Mosqueda Eric Community Serv Offcr Police $57,033.63 $658.09
Waldorph Joshua Police Officer-Inter Police $52,463.20 $154.12
Knightstep Heidi Public Safety Dispatcher Police $44,717.86 $11,611.51
Maratas Linda Police Records Specialist Police $56,523.15 $497.50
Law Frances Animal Control Off Police $55,972.85 $1,584.52
Tran Peter Community Serv Offcr Police $57,135.36 $267.35
Caraballo Heidi Police Records Specialist Police $55,182.40 $39.80
Graham Leslie Veterinarian Tech Police $47,204.80 $328.70
Wagner Jared Management Spec Police $35,175.04 $4,491.94
Lam Pui Community Serv Offcr Police $43,258.40 $264.53
La Hieu Police Officer-Inter Police $39,317.01 $400.42
Baca Steve Management Spec Police $40,446.26 $2,507.61
Newbom Nanelle Police Officer-Inter Police $30,552.00 $1,374.84
Nasser Michael Police Officer-Inter Police $38,428.06 $521.82
Stenmark Betty Anne Volunteer Coord Police $34,496.81 $696.58
Solomon Maria Police Officer-Inter Police $29,324.55 $316.27
Smith Nicole Public Safety Dispatcher Police $23,425.60 $596.55
Lueck Vivian Public Safety Dispatcher Police $17,015.04 $2,350.96
Santos Paulo Zoological Assistant – H Police $18,358.61 $917.69
Cardinale Jenna Public Safety Dispatcher Police $12,256.48 $358.63
Haynes Stephanie Public Safety Dispatcher Police $12,129.76 $352.87
Vargas Darci Public Safety Dispatcher Police $10,688.10 $389.88
Ryan Daniel Police Reserve I Police $8,101.32 $758.75
Jones Elizabeth Public Safety Dispatcher Police $774.40 $101.28
Total $11,346,991.01 $1,277,822.91

Data source: City of Palo Alto 2011 compensation

Related story: St. Petersburg police officers boost their salaries with overtime pay

ST. PETERSBURG — John Douglas Jr. is a patrol officer with 22 years on the force. He canvasses shopping centers, downtown and adjacent neighborhoods in between answering calls for help.

Last year, he also was the city’s sixth highest paid employee.

Douglas, 49, made $142,996 — more than three assistant chiefs, 10 majors, 11 lieutenants and 45 sergeants, all of whom outrank him.

How did he do it?

Records show he worked a flurry of off-duty assignments for the Tampa Bay Rays and other downtown businesses that doubled his regular pay of $68,203. He worked at such a rate that payroll records show he averaged 64 hours a week, boosting his salary by $74,793. Douglas declined to comment for this story.

“Oh my god,” said City Council chairwoman Leslie Curran. “That’s just an inordinate amount of money for overtime. It makes me wonder how working those hours affects his ability to perform his regular duties.”

Well-regarded by supervisors for his reliability, Douglas is not an isolated case.

Half of the city’s officers increased their regular pay last year by more than 20 percent — a boost of more than $12,000 — with overtime in 2011.

But the department’s top nine recipients of overtime and extra pay — all men — earned far more than other officers. After Douglas, the next two were:

• Stanley Maybell, a 35-year-old community policing officer, earned $49,416 in overtime and extra pay, adding to a base salary of $59,425 for a total of $108,841 — an increase of 83 percent above his regular pay. He worked an average of 60 hours a week.

• Michael Pawlishen, 32, works in the street crimes unit and earned $40,281 in extra pay and overtime, adding to a base salary of $51,792 for a total of $92,073 — an increase of 78 percent above his regular pay.

“I heard rumors about these pay bonuses,” said council member Wengay Newton. “But I didn’t know it was that bad.”

• • •

Police officers often get extra pay for things they can’t control, such as staying late on a breaking case, getting called back into work or for off-duty court attendance.

But there’s another type of overtime for which officers volunteer. Many of these off-duty assignments are city events. Some are paid for by private entities. Last year, businesses and nonprofits paid the city $1.1 million to have officers at their events.

Overall, the Police Department paid $5 million for officer overtime. By comparison, the city’s 1,200 blue collar employees received $3.2 million and the 285 firefighters got $1 million for overtime.

Overtime can actually save the city money, said Chris Guella, the city’s labor relations and compensation manager. Paying overtime saves the city from the expense of hiring new officers, he said, which would cost more in benefits, a patrol car and other equipment.

“The actual savings are significant,” Guella said. “And it’s a good incentive for those who want it. If they’re willing to work that much, God bless them.”

Unlike Tampa’s Police Department, which has a policy prohibiting officers from working more than 16 hours during a 24-hour period, there are no restrictions on how long St. Petersburg officers can work.

“I can’t think of it ever being an issue,” St. Petersburg police Chief Chuck Harmon said. “Working off duty isn’t as stressful as working with regular duty. Working traffic and the baseball game isn’t the same intensity as responding to calls for service, so the type of work is different and it’s not exhausting.”

While federal regulations limit the hours truck drivers and pilots can work, it’s left to local agencies to watch over the hours that officers work. Fatigue levels among police run higher than other professions so the hours they work should be monitored closely, said Dennis Kenney, a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College in New York City.

“Working 60 to 70 hours a week, if it happens once, might be okay,” said Kenney. “But if it happens on a regular basis, that’s terrible.”

One concern is that working that much precludes officers from having a life outside of the job, Kenney said. A balanced life helps relieve stress, he said.

But the chief reason for worry is how fatigue affects the human body.

“It’s roughly the same effect as being intoxicated,” said Kenney, who wrote a study on police fatigue 10 years ago for the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Officers are making judgment calls all day,” Kenney said. “That’s much harder to do when they’re tired. If you’re grumpy because you’re tired, you’re far more likely to get more complaints from the public. Tired officers also get into more accidents.”

• • •

Douglas, who joined the department in 1990 and has had strong evaluations throughout his career, increased his salary by 109 percent with extra pay in 2011, much of it coming from off-duty assignments.

He was paid $39,815 for off-duty overtime — the most in the department — which made up more than half of the extra pay he collected. That means half his extra pay came from private businesses. Douglas was one of nine officers who regularly worked inside Tropicana Field for Rays games. He split the season with another officer, Joseph Truong, and they both worked about 40 games inside the dome.

The Trop assignment helped make Truong, 50, the fifth highest overtime earner. Last year, Truong made $68,203 in regular pay, but added $52,536 in overtime. He worked an average of 57 hours a week.

Few officers apply for this Trop assignment, said Sgt. Joseph Pratt, who along with Sgt. Gary Dukeman oversees assigning off-duty overtime.

“It’s a big commitment to do it,” Pratt said. “Not a lot of people have the time.”

Other officers get assigned games depending on anticipated attendance. For instance, more officers work games if the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox are in town than the Kansas City Royals or Seattle Mariners.

Douglas is one of nine officers who always is assigned, regardless of attendance, to guard everything from the players to money inside the stadium, said police spokesman Bill Proffitt.

“If they’re close to the players, the team wants consistency,” Proffitt said. “If they’re working the VIP gate, they know who belongs and who doesn’t.”

Of his overtime, Douglas earned $17,786 to direct traffic and parking outside the stadium for games in 2011, records show. The city pays officers to direct traffic outside the stadium, the Rays reimburse the city for officers who work inside the Trop.

Douglas is clearly the department’s overtime champ. He made $25,000 more in extra time than Maybell, the officer with the next highest extra pay. Douglas was a top earner in prior years, too. Records show that since 2007, Douglas has been paid more than $300,000 in overtime, far more than the officer with the next highest amount.

Getting overtime at such high amounts over long periods of time is problematic, said council member Karl Nurse. Officers get accustomed to making much more than their salaries. If the department ever tries to rein that in, morale would plunge, Nurse said.

“What they’ve done is they’ve made this their standard of living,” Nurse said. “What would happen if we were to tell him we don’t want him to average that much in overtime? It would be a traumatic adjustment for him to make.”

Like Curran, Nurse said he was concerned for the safety of officers who work so much.

But Douglas has never had any issues with fatigue, Harmon said.

“He’s been doing that for a few years,” Harmon said. “I’m not sure why he’s been doing that, but I’ve had no issues with him. It’s never impacted his performance.”

Overall, Harmon said, he watches for signs of fatigue throughout the department by studying job performance.

“Things I would look for: someone’s productivity would wane,” Harmon said. “Are they getting curt with people? Are they not responding appropriately?”

But Harmon said he has no system to track officers who habitually work overtime.

“I can’t keep up with all my officers,” Harmon said. “But exhaustion is something you gauge by performance.”

Kenney said it is better if officers are doing less stressful things in their overtime jobs.

“But the bottom line is if they’re not sleeping, their bodies aren’t recovering,” Kenney said.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this story.

Working overtime, all the time

Nine St. Petersburg officers increased their base salaries by at least 70 percent with extra pay and overtime, according to payroll records.

 

Base
salary
Extra/
OT pay
Total % increase Avg. hours
per week
John J. Douglas $68,203 $74,793 $142,997 109.7 64
Stanley Maybell $59,425 $49,416 $108,841 83.2 60
Michael Pawlishen $51,792 $40,281 $92,073 77.8 58
Joseph Truong $68,203 $52,536 $120,739 77.0 57
Robert Arrison $65,894 $50,235 $116,130 76.2 55
Raymond Merritt $68,203 $50,738 $118,941 74.4 56
Lerric Boyd $68,203 $50,219 $118,422 73.6 61
Courtney Parker $50,024 $36,476 $86,500 72.9 55
Billy Henderson $46,716 $33,069 $79,786 70.8 54

Overtime: How does it work?

All officers must work some overtime, such as staying late to file a report on a breaking case or going to court on a day off. Officers volunteer for overtime to staff special events or businesses, like Tampa Bay Rays games or downtown bars. Only regular officers are eligible. Higher ranks are not eligible.

The department has an office called “Special Events” that assigns off-duty overtime. To be eligible, an officer in good-standing applies to be in a regular rotation and works assignments when they are available. Assignments are given to the officer that comes next up on the list. After getting assigned a job, the officer goes to the bottom of the list, which typically has about 100 to 125 officers on it.

If an officer misses an assignment, they’re bumped from the list for 60 days. A second time kicks them off for six months. If an officer has a conflict with an assignment, it’s their responsibility to find a replacement. The assigning of these jobs — a secondary market for overtime — is not regulated by the department. Officers must only sign a form showing they traded.

Where are the women?

The vast majority of officers who had the biggest percentage increases in extra pay and overtime were men. The first woman on the list, Tiffany Crosby ranked No. 47 on the list. In 2011, she earned $24,641 in extra pay, adding to a base salary of $51,792, for a total of $76,433 — an increase of 48 percent

Department officials say there is no gender bias in the awarding of overtime.

“They choose not to work as much off-duty as men,” said Sgt. Joseph Pratt.

The average allotment for overtime and extra pay for 481 officers in 2011 was $12,965, an average increase over salary of 21 percent.

The department’s 395 men earned an average of $14,000 in extra pay, a boost of about 23 percent. The department’s 86 women earned about half of that in extra pay, or about $7,000, a boost of 12 percent on their salary.

Sources: City of St. Petersburg, Times research

One Reply to “Palo Alto police officers like St. Petersburg police officers boost their salaries with overtime pay”

  1. Is it common practice for papd to go 15 miles out of there area to arrest someone for a 5 thousand dollar warrant, when they don’t even pick up those with low warrants in Palo Alto, And when is it allowed for a police officer to lie to a person regarding a warrant?

    Because ofc Jason Schmidt who went to San Jose to arrest someone on a 5K warrant but months later he could not go to San Jose to serve a 20 K warrant,
    So how is it he will go serve a 5 K warrant but can’t serve a 20K warrant.

    Ofc Jason Schmidt contacted me regarding said warrant but when he was asked if there was any warrants he said there was not any but wanted to talk to me,I called and found out about warrant and took care of it,I called Ofc J Schmidt and asked if he wanted to talk to me still he said yes! I then stated I posted bail and he said fuck you I don’t need to see you. Since when do officers straight up lie to people and then disrespect them in that manner.

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