- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

The D.C. government pays 575 managers more than $100,000 a year up from 301 employees in 1999, when Mayor Anthony A. Williams took office.
The $100,000 salaries total more than $60 million annually, out of the $1.6 billion the city spends on salaries each year for its 34,000 workers.
The mayor, who makes $125,000 a year, and D.C. Council members, who make at least $92,000, have pointed at each other and elsewhere to explain why one of every 68 city workers now makes more than $100,000 a year.
During a recent luncheon with editors and reporters at The Washington Times, Mr. Williams said 261 of the city's highly paid managers work in independent agencies such as the Public Service Commission, the Office of the People's Counsel, D.C. public schools and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer among others.
In fact, the D.C. government's highest-paid manager, Bobby Goldwater, earns $250,000 as executive director of the independent Sports and Entertainment Commission.
"I have no control over those agencies … a lot of them are in the public schools," the mayor said.
According to documents obtained by The Times, at least 30 public-school workers make more than $100,000 a year including Superintendent Paul L. Vance, who earns $175,000, and five principals who earn a total of more than $523,000.
Council members have asserted that city spending is out of control and that high salaries are a contributing factor.
City officials have said the District must offer competitive salaries to attract top candidates for city jobs.
But the number of D.C. jobs especially the ones with $100,000 salaries far exceeds that of Baltimore, a similarly sized city 37 miles north of the District.
"The city has only 15,593 positions funded in its 2003 budget, excluding public schools, which the city has partnered with the state to handle," said Tom Driscoll of Baltimore's finance and budget office.
Mr. Driscoll said only 34 city government workers earn more than $100,000 including Mayor Martin O'Malley, who makes $125,000, and State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy, who earns $135,000.
Baltimore has 651,154 residents; the District has 572,059.
Even the state of Wyoming, with its D.C.-sized population of 493,782, has only 41 employees among its 9,100-member government work force who earn more than $100,000 a year including the governor, 24 judges, eight psychiatrists, six doctors and two agency directors.
The District assumes some statelike responsibilities such as transportation and motor vehicle administration that Baltimore does not. And Wyoming's costs are uniquely low because only 5 percent of the its land is under state control, according to the American Planning Association, a nonprofit research group.
Still, the District's salaries do not include money for workers in courts, prosecutors' offices or prisons, which are funded by the federal government.
Noel Bravo, the mayor's senior adviser for budget, said 159 D.C. employees passed the $100,000 mark because of policy decisions approved by the council and the mayor. Another 57 salaries were bumped up when the council and the mayor began non-union pay increases. And 61 workers received their pay increases because of mandatory union raises and position upgrades.
In addition, the city hired 52 employees with $100,000 salaries when it chartered several new agencies in the first Williams administration, Mr. Bravo said. For instance, the Department of Public Works was split into three agencies, creating the Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Transportation.
"Those agencies needed new directors, chief financial officers, managers; and they had to be paid competitively," Mr. Bravo said.

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