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Redding's Top 10 Paid Public Employees

Nine of the ten highest paid non-school public employees in Redding work for the police department.

Nine of Redding's highest 10 paid public employees, who are not employed by the schools, work for the , according to figures provided by Redding's Town Controller, Steve Gniadek.

Six of the top 10 make over $100,000, and all of them make over $95,000, according to Gniadek.

The following are the names, job titles, salaries for the 2011 calendar year and the amount reimbursed to the town of Redding for outside services performed by police officers to offset those salaries: 

Name Title 2011 Salary Amount Reimbursed 1 Brian Jones Police Officer $126,349 $46,016 2 Douglas Fuchs Police Chief $116,013 $1,952 3 Jason Heibeck Police Officer $110,008 $28,865 4 Anthony Signore Police Sergeant $108,598 $13,172 5 Tim Succi Police Officer $105,422 $16,553 6 Chris Vadas Police Officer $101,428 $31,849 7 Pete Quinn Police Sergeant $99,390 $14,091 8 Marc DeLuca Police Sergeant $98,661 $14,628 9 Jerry Peterson Police Sergeant $97,710 $11,171 10 Natalie Ketcham First Selectman $95,455 —
The Mirror April 02, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The Police Chief had the nerve to ask for yet another highly overpaid officer in this past budget? This situation is already out of control. Redding has virtually zero crime as it is - and these officers are being paid how much? Not even counting their insane benefits packages??? Sounds like the real robberies are being committed by the people wearing the badges. The real discussion should be about ending the department altogether and going back to having the state troopers take over. We'd never see the difference - except for the lower taxes.
Superman April 02, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Something's wrong here!
AS April 02, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Police in a zero crime town making more than the first selectman... Ha! Which leaves me to wonder how many school employees make over 100k?
Superman April 02, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Agreed! Plus how much is the taxpayer paying for all those police cars, fancy electronic equipment of all kinds, guns, tasers, etc.?
Portfolio photo April 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
The issue should not be what the 8 officers, other than the chief, have made in 2011. I am fairly certain that the amount reimbursed to the town is because these officers worked overtime probably during the storm clean up ect. So my guess is they put int the overtime and we were reimbursed for that, so that didn't cost the tax payer anything. To make 100 k and have to work 60-70 hours per week to do it, is no deal for these guys. I have no issue with these officers putting in the time to try and support their families. Be outraged that the Chief has been caught altering police reports and lying to officers of the court and Natalie protects him and continues to pay him over $ 116,000 per year for managing a staff of about 14 ! What about his bonus, vacation package, time off allotment besides his vacation for "personal development", the use of one of our vehicles 24 hours per day and we pay for his gas. We overpay a dishonest cop to be chief. If you don't believe me, ask one of the guys on the PD. The issue is the disparity between what Fuchs makes as a salary and what the guys on the PD who work and are honest actually make without overtime. That is the crime. Fuchs total cost to this community besides his abuse of authority is much greater than his $ 116,000 salary which just went up again in 2012. That is only part of his compensation. He is costing us closer to $ 200,000 per year. Now be outraged.
Bill April 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Unbelievable, but the taxpayers are at fault, because we allow it.
matt April 02, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Well hate to tell you, but look at the surrounding towns and what those officers make. They will all have officers making six figures. Most of it is because they work extra duty jobs (at about $45-50/hr) which is part of the reimbursement. Wait until you see what the Superintendant and school Principles make!
Superman April 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
For comparison, look at the Town's volunteer firefighters who do dangerous work at all hours and get paid zip--yes they do get a small property tax rebate but that amounts to $1000 at year at the most. The "on duty" volunteer EMS personnel who staff the ambulances during week-days do get paid, but only a paltry $12-$15 an hour. Both police and fire are essential to public safety, yet compare the lush handouts to "Redding's Army", to the modest, if any, payouts to the "Redding's Heroes." Imagine the impact on taxes if they were to be paid on a par with the cops.
Portfolio photo April 02, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I can find almost 200 k if we get rid of the Chief, we just don't need one, especially this one. Let's give those dollars to the fire fighters as a start.
reality April 03, 2012 at 05:44 AM
I don't think you have the slightest idea how the resident trooper program works particularly that towns pay a significant cost sharing fee. I guess It's easier to make an argument with vague statements like "insane benefits packages" and false statements like your assertion about using the state police then to attempt a cogent rational debate though.
The Mirror April 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM
reality 1:44 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - "I don't think you have the slightest idea how the resident trooper program works particularly that towns pay a significant cost sharing fee" Dear 'rality - please, by all means, educate us all on how the resident trooper plan will end up costing MORE than the exhorbitant salaries and benefits the Redding police force gets now. Go ahead...we'll wait. Hmm? What's that? You can't? Of course you can't, because as you well know, it doesn't. Not even close. If you support the current police salaries, then I'd wager you're either one of the cops soaking Redding taxpayers, or one of their family members unwilling to give up the gravy train you're on.
Da Face! April 03, 2012 at 12:37 PM
You silly, silly, ignorant people. You want to complain about the cops because there is no crime? You should consider a bonus! Redding is a 5 minute drive from Bridgeport. Get rid of the cops...see where the Bridgeport crews start hanging out....
The Mirror April 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
What a joke you are, Face. You think the Bridgeport "crews" are afraid of our crack police force? They simply have eaiser pickings closer to home. Stop the fear-mongering. Realize that we ARE being robbed right now.
The Mirror April 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
So, your point is what exactly? Since other towns are also being soaked, we should just grin and bear it? Really? That's the best you can come up with?
Da Face! April 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Why are the pickings 'easier' in Bridgeport then they are in Redding?
reality April 03, 2012 at 11:23 PM
First off the troopers get paid more. Replace 15 or so Redding cops with 15 or so troopers with better salaries and better benefits and earlier retirement with a 75% to 100% salary and benefit cost sharing burden on the town and guess what happens. No cost savings and loss of local control. And no I'm not "on the gravy train" but I did move from another town that did the state police thing and it's not what you think it is. Especially after the state restructured the cost sharing a few years ago.
The Mirror April 04, 2012 at 10:36 AM
reality 7:23 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 "Replace 15 or so Redding cops with 15 or so troopers ....and guess what happens." Except that's not how it works, Einstein. And if you actually bothered to do the numbers, you'd know that. Already, around 80 CT towns and municipalities are under full State Police protection with something around three-quarters of those utilizing the Resident Trooper program. There’s no need for a one-for-one ratio for trooper replacement. For example, take Stafford – a town of around 12,00 people – more than the 9,000 or so here in Redding, and which has an area of around 58 sq. miles – nearly twice Redding’s size. They had five Resident troopers in 2011. Five. Haddam, with 7600 people and 46 sq. miles of land area, employs two Resident Troopers. According to their budgets, typical costs run just over $110k -$120k per Resident Trooper, including all administrative costs. Oh, and that includes their benefits as well – a massive savings over what Redding pays. Any way you want to slice it, it is a huge savings. What we have now is a local police fiefdom in a small town that cannot afford property taxes to keep going up – many people here have seen their taxes increase by 40% or more in the past ten years. The gravy train has to stop.
citizen April 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM
School employees..they have far more education than most police officers...Master's plus..many with two Master's degrees and then some......work more than the 8-3 that the general public thinks they do....take home hours worth of paperwork and other than administrators, make less than 100K.....and I am talking those with 25 years experience.......you don't go into teaching for the $$, you go in for the dedication to others....
Mike April 05, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Can't find any relevant "updated" info on this topic. If the Redding PD is a taxpayer problem, overkill and an unnecessary expense, what to do about it? The PD was pushed onto us, according to a confidential source, by a former esteemed treasurer of one of the fire departments who appropriated some $30k of public donations until he was discovered. For negative publicity potential, the dept. decided not to prosecute if he paid back “most” of his ill-found gains—which he did and then moved out of state. Redding it seems has had its share of shady characters in official capacities.
Overtaxed! April 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Yes, Chief Fuchs is overpaid, with little or no oversite. The Redding Police is Ketcham's personal army. Other Towns have Police Commisionns to oversee how the overtaxed resident's money is being spent - but not Redding! The revenue from any tickets issued by the cops goes directly into the police coffers and not the towms. Outrageous.
overtaxed April 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I believe Bridgeport has not moved closer than it was when we had a State Trooper program, a considerably smaller Police Department and no more of a crime problem than we do now; maybe Da Face needs to think this through before posting such nonsense.

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