Here's a List of 3,125 County Employees Who Made Six Figures This Year

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​Let's take a moment to remember back to the distant past. Cue the theremins. The time: Last November. The place: Miami-Dade. The conflict: County residents enraged over the economic free fall are close to recalling Mayor Carlos Alvarez over a host of missteps. That's when Riptide and Random Pixels published a list of 3,300 county employees who'd topped six figures in salary that year -- a list that sparked dozens of comments and stoked the outrage flames.

Fast forward 12 months. Alvarez is gone, Carlos Gimenez took his place in County Hall on pledges of greater fiscal responsibility and Bill Cooke at Random Pixels has again snagged a list of $100,000 earners. The verdict? Gimenez has made a dent, but there are still 3,125 county workers making some serious bank.

Check out the full embedded list below. As Cooke points out on his blog, some of Gimenez's staff have joined that County firmly ensconced as Dade one-percenters, including:

  • Russell Benford, the deputy mayor, who gets $230,000 plus $10,000 in "executive benefits" and almost $5,000 in car allowances
  • Ed Marquez, another deputy mayor, whose salary is $267,000 with similar benefits
  • Jack Osterholt, a third deputy mayor, with $250,000 on the books plus benefits
  • Gimenez himself, who reduced his salary but still pulls in $150,000 a year

Cooke also singles out Alejandro Munoz, who took the reigns of the Animal Services Department from the controversial ex-director Sarah Pizano. Munoz makes more than $183,000 in adjusted salary -- significantly more than the head of the statewide Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Riptide called a county spokeswoman for comment on this year's list, but she wasn't immediately available this morning. We'll update the post when we hear back.

Here's the full list:

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dissappointed in Miami
dissappointed in Miami

Sadly, for the 3rd year in a row, most MIami Dade County employees took yet another 10% paycut and are now responsible for a significant portion of their benefits ---- and those are the lucky ones that werent laid off just about a month ago --- what kind of paycut did the folks making over 100k take? I'd love to see those stats.

Miami Muscle
Miami Muscle

I have a problem with this list.   You can't just throw out a number and make such a generality that County Employees shouldn't be making six figure a year salaries.  Granted there is a lot of waste going on but there's also industry standards for salaries.   Do you seriously want an attorney that couldn't get a job anywhere else working for the county for less than 100K?   Especially when these guys go up against some pretty big corporate ones?    Same thing goes for some other types of positions that are high paying in any job market.    So to just publish a list like this with out any explanation or metrics is sensationlist journalism.

Too many slackers
Too many slackers

Miami-Dade County has too many slacker employees. What is Gimenez doing? What is taking him so long to reduce the head count?

Too many slackers
Too many slackers

Perhaps Carlos Gimenez has been feeding on the public trough too long. 40 years is it?

Gimenez needs to reduce the number of full-time County employees and he needs to do it now.

Anybody visit the County building and sathens the employees arriving late and leaving early?

Fire the deadbeats now
Fire the deadbeats now

Do wonder Miami-Dade County faces massive losses every year.

Carlos Gimenez better do some firing soon or the voters will fire him in 2012.

SlashBurn
SlashBurn

Wow, they should immediately slash almost every salary over $100,000.  Going into public service isn't about making money and these people are no better at it then someone willing to take $100k.  ridiculous.

Nate Phillips
Nate Phillips

And people in Miami wonder why the City is broke?

UF1993
UF1993

Budget issues, reorganization, removing take home cars (I think there are 50% less now), these things take a little time, and as far as government goes, they are moving at light speed over there when you consider that this is a 27,000 employee (I think it is closer to 26,000 now) entity.  From what I hear, the new salary structure for County administrators is very close to being finalized.  That will also result in requesting resignations from several administrators who are not needed in the reorganization.  A lot has been done so far, a lot left to do, but, you can't reverse the bs of the last few decades really in less than six months.  So far, so good.

Gaytur Fan. Hi.
Gaytur Fan. Hi.

Looking at your handle, did you play a sport for the florida Gaters in 1993? if you did, Can i Have your autograph? IT's for my mom.

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