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Check the Salaries of Key Dallas City Hall Leaders
Sarah Dodd reporting (go to link for video)
Aug 16, 2006 7:14 pm US/Central

   (CBS 11 News) DALLAS Late Wednesday afternoon the Dallas City Council decided to give the city attorney, Tom Perkins, a $36,000 raise. Perkins will now earn $236,000 a year.

CBS 11 News took a look at what some other key figures at Dallas City Hall take home in pay. Everyone?s salary at Dallas City Hall is a matter of open record.

Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm is the highest paid person at city hall, and she has arguably the most responsibility. Suhm leads more than 13,000 employees, and manages a budget of more than two (b) billion dollars. For her position Suhm takes home $255,000 a year.

The elected officials who set policy earn considerably less. Dallas Mayor Laura Miller makes $60,000 a year, while each council member's check is $38,500.

?The factor that still is the dominant factor is the fact that you?re doing it because of service. So I don?t think the money is the motivator,? said Don Hill, Dallas City Council.

Chief David Kunkle leads the Dallas Police Department and is responsible for three thousand officers. Kunkles? annual salary is $154,000. The chief earns about the same as the top assistant city attorneys.

If we're dishing dirt about salaries, we can't leave out those who ?really? deal in dirt. Entry level garbage collectors make $34,000, while dog catchers make about $26,000.

?We expect them to perform and be more customer friendly, and when they perform we need to reward them for doing that,? said Ed Oakley, Dallas City Council.

No City of Dallas employee makes less than $10 an hour, and in this year's proposed budget, all workers have the opportunity to receive a 4 percent raise.

(CBS 11 News)






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