Milford's Top Twenty City Wage Earners

The follow list contains the top twenty City of Milford wage earners for 2012, excluding the Board of Education.


In a compilation of the top 20 wage earners on the city side of Milford for the year 2012, four are retirees.

At the request of Milford Patch, the Finance Department compiled the list of the top 20 wage earners on the city side of government for the year 2012 last week. 

Last year's top earner, Steven Fournier, current assistant mayor and previous deputy police chief of Milford, was not on this year's list. When asked for an explanation, a representative from the Finance Department explained, simply, "Steven Fournier made less money in 2012."

The full list of the top 20 wage earners from the Finance Department also accompany this article as a PDF.

The sums the Finance Department presented for wage owners who have retired do not include pension payments. 


Name Department Title Gross Wages Joan B. Cagginello Health Administrator, Nurses (Retired) $150,373.43 Louis A. LaVecchia Fire Fire Chief (Retired) $147,437.20 Andrew D. McBride Health Director of Health $136,368.62 Keith L. Mello Police Chief of Police $135,984.02 John E. Burton Police Sergeant $129,316.92 Alan J. Zingaro Fire Assistant Deputy Chief (Retired) $126,862.82 Douglas S. Youd Police Sergeant $121,111.77 Peter A. Erodici, Jr. Finance Director of Finance $121,079.13 Steven M. Romano Fire Lieutenant $120,881.27 Brandon D. Marschner Police Lieutenant $117,697.69 Daniel T. DelVecchio Fire Battalion Chief (Retired) $117,071.40 Tracy L. Mooney Police Deputy Chief $116,643.54 Richard Anderson Police Sergeant $113,466.70 Gerald V. Butler Police Captain  $106,918.92 Thomas P. Raucci Permitting & Land Use Chief Building Inspector $106,264.02 Gary R. Baker Fire Battalion Chief $106,248.01 Lee D. Robbins Police Patrolman $105,242.40 Bernard L. Begley Fire Battalion Chief $104,961.69 Bruce C. Kolwicz Public Works Public Works Director $104,219.34 Evan Beauvais Police Sergeant $103,624.53

Next week, Milford Patch will publish an article on the top 20 wage earners on the Board of Education side.


Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 07, 2013 at 09:23 PM
However, few people know this is going on and our newspapers have a policy of reporting mostly community activities, events, and happy moments.... which is why most of the Milford public has such a difficult sorting out the bad behavior of our elected leaders.
CB February 07, 2013 at 09:28 PM
The fact that so few people read a local newspaper anymore, and since readership is probably way down from years past, good local investigative reporting is mostly non-existent in smaller cities and towns. So, things like this slip by the average person surfing the web, until it's too late to do anything about it.
MCF February 07, 2013 at 09:36 PM
One could go to the city website to see the employee benefits paid on page 85 of the budget http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/Public_Documents/MilfordCT_Budget/BOF2013.pdf Quite revealing.
Raymond Dayton February 07, 2013 at 09:53 PM
He is not working an extra 50 hours a week on "extra duty" assignments like some of these guys are. You weren't thinking these are 40 hour checks, were you?
Ryan Sartor (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Hi Manny: Thanks for pointing to that. I've added a screen shot of that page. It is interesting that the Departments requested approximately $31 million and the Finance Director and Mayor each recommended about $17 million.
Michael Brown February 07, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Have you seen his time-card?
Rocco Frank Milford Independents February 07, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Manny be careful when you reference any proposal coming out of city Hall. These proposals are not indicative of actual spending or real results. These are intended as starting points and if you read the columns carefully you will see the entire Proposal is a tug of war between the amount the Unions want (Almost always 40% More) what the Mayor recommends, and what the Finance board ultimately approves. None of this has any connection to reality or what was actually spent. For those factual figures refer to the CAFR's or comprehensive audited financial results these are the real figures of the money that was actually spent. The CAFR's are available 3 years back on the Milford website and when you compare the proposals to what was actually spent you get some interesting talking points anout how are citywide balance sheet is eroding along with its growing debt service.
MCF February 07, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Hi Ryan, yes and line 4211 9909 in particular; Post Employment Benefits, departments were asking for $14.6 million of which is only funded at 500k.
MCF February 07, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Rocco, understood however the fact that departments are looking for $14.6 million for post employment benefits is what I was focusing on. Thanks for the info.
Tom February 07, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Though illegal under a variety of statutes, blacklisting can be difficult to prove, and the longer that a person waits to pursue legal action, the smaller of a chance that it can be detected. Yet blacklisting can be proven if the investigation is done quickly and aggressively, so time is of the essence. The prompt and efficient investigators at ICS can help you get to the root of the problem.
Raymond Dayton February 07, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Mr. Jochim, contrary to popular Republican urban legend, labor unions do not run wild around City Hall making up rules as they go along. The Mayors office and the Board of Aldermen are all men and women who citizens like you voted into office. These people sit down at the bargaining table with the unions and engage in "win one lose one" line by line collective bargaining. In the end, just as we run the federal, state and local governments, each of them agrees to some things they like and some things they don't like. He who bargains both best and fairly usually does well. Sorry you are moving, but if you are not satisfied with how your elected officials manage collective bargaining, you might want to sharpen up your voting decisions in the next town you live in. This same rule applies to union members who just like you, vote their representatives into office and are often not satisfied with how they make out at contract negotiation time either. Good or bad however, you abide by what you agreed to for as long at you agreed to, and bring it up next time. This is how we do it in America, and it works well for us all.
Concerned Parent February 07, 2013 at 11:53 PM
There's a saying; "Great Minds Discuss Ideas; Average Minds Discuss Events; Small Minds Discuss People."
Tom February 08, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Good one...
JE February 08, 2013 at 01:07 PM
@Raymond Dalton - you don't think the mayor is putting in at least a 50 hour work week? He's on call 24/7.
JE February 08, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Those on the list who retired would have retired in 2012. The figures I believe include any payouts they recieve, like unused sick days. Some longer term employees have been grandfathered into lucrative contract provisions like payout for an unlimited # of unused days, or a high cap. As contracts are renegotiated athis has changed for the better. As another poster said, these are all contract provisions negotiated in good faith with both sides giving and taking. These union contracts are not going away anytime soon.
dion February 08, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Wait till you see what the teachers union and superintendant are doing to our wallets. Talk about greed !!.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 08, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I believe the Chief of Police does receive both. As I recall he retired, but was rehired on a different basis. I can't complain, he is running one of the best police departments in the state. While I see high salaries for the PD and FD personel, they do take risks that civilians don't. How else do you attract people to be in these professions?
Joe Della Monica February 08, 2013 at 06:17 PM
I'm sure you would have jumped on that band wagon if a republican were in office!
Starla February 09, 2013 at 04:02 PM
People at this level should not get paid overtime. In the private sector, employees are salaried. They're told for example, your hours are 8AM to finish.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM
CB Said" "no one in their right mind wouldn't do that today" I'd like to stand up and say I would NOT be a scum bag. My parents raised me to never take advantage of anyone. I guess I'm not a 99'er.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Robert Jochim Said: "Municipal unions will destroy this country". Hello!!! welcome to the present!.... it's happening NOW.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Raymond Dayton, Contrary to popular Democratic urban legend (I mean lies), labor unions ARE corrupt. The whole system is based on the extortion of money from workers, for political power, which intern leaves many of the folks in high places very rich. The plan is to not reward hard work and production, cut loose the dead weight, but to spread out as little as they can to keep the commoners (the little people) paying... and voting democrat of course. PERIOD.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Years ago, there were times and situations that required unions, they were helpful, in making work conditions safe, weed out slave labor, so-to-speak, etc etc. But this country "protects" (yes, in quotes intentionally) so mush so, that there is no need for a union anymore, There hasn't been a need for a LONG time. It is all about political power and NOT what they were designed for. Everything, given time, rots.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Curious..... you make me belly laugh! HAHA
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Fat boy..... you should NOT BE ALLOWED TO WORK ALL THAT OT!!!!!!!!!!! that is part of the problem!!!! I couldn't care less WHAT you missed in life, you should have been there with your family! and the city should have paid someone else (regular time) to do what YOU did on OVER time! get it? PS- Where is Michael and Ronnie and the Dog Doctor when we need him? Why aren't they crying out for your real name and address like they do for everyone else?
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM
RONALD M GOLDWYN said: "I can't complain, he is running one of the best police departments in the state. While I see high salaries for the PD and FD personel, they do take risks that civilians don't. How else do you attract people to be in these professions? "Best"? elaborate please. I'm serious...I want to know what made them "one of the best" in your mind? Because they did what they were paid to do? And I will tell you how you "Attract people into these professions".... with money. They get paid handsomely for the possibility at some time in their life, their work day could get dangerous. Unlike someone up top on this page, I don't apologize for my feelings regarding the police & fireman (and "educators", heck... ALL government "workers"... I mean "pay check receivers") , for what they have become in this country. Sure, young kids want to be fireman & police when they are young, not for money, but like politicians, when they get in, they follow the thought (as we read above) "Everyone is doing it".. aka- sucking the system dry... and hey... you get a cool uniform at the same time.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM
And for the record? It's not the amount of money these "government money recipients" make, its the production! or lack of I should say! Someone up top made a comment about police directing traffic- "...the majority of the time, all I see is a cop in the way with a scowl on their face" I drive all over every week through construction sites, and everyone has the stories about cops on their cell phones not even directing the traffic!. I swear on my children's lives, that I see FAR MORE cops doing nothing, when they should be directing traffic. Some are in their cars, or off to the side talking with a friend, ALWAYS on their cell phones!!, while I pass through cautiously. I do it almost every day, I'm willing to bet 90% or more are not doing a darn thing but passing the time. Typically i either gamble when I pass, or toot my horn and open my window and ask- HEY! can I pass?. One time I passed when no officer was in sight, and he eventually jumped out of a bush or something and reprimanded me for passing without his consent!. I said "Sorry... I didn't see you behind that car talking on your cell phone". He was taken aback. And please.... dont tell me because YOU know one good city worker so they are all good...lets use the Rule, rather than the exception. Thats such a pathetic way to argue.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 18, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I wonder what your feelings would be if you really needed a cop (Short for "Coppers" a name given the NYC Police who had copper badges) or your house was on fire. Boy, I can't wait to hear you say - What took you so long? just to see their reaction. More likely it will be a big thank-you.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Sorry Fat Boy..... Ive been self employed and self sufficient for decades. You will never see anyone in my family lowering themselves to become a "townie".
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM
You know Ronnie.... you are so correct!... I may need a Policeman or a Fireman one day.... lets make them all millionaires and fill their pockets with cash in hope they come to MY house quick when I need them....when I ... MAY need them. PS- Loved the History lesson, as usual..... now someone please close the door, I feel a chill wind BLOOOOOOOOOOWING.


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