City’s $100K club reaches 35

School superintendent highest paid employee

NASHUA – The city has 35 employees across all departments earning more than $100,000 a year in salary, according to records reviewed by The Telegraph.

The city is gearing up for a public hearing next month on Mayor Jim Donchess’ proposed $258 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Though the proposed salaries for the coming fiscal year aren’t yet set because of continuing negotiations for some departments, the numbers for fiscal year 2018 show that the Police Department and the School District are tied for having the most employees in Nashua earning more than $100,000.

Outgoing School Superintendent Cornelia Brown is the highest-paid public employee in the city, earning $154,000 for 2017. Her replacement, Jahmal Mosley, is also expected to earn about $150,000 in salary.

Three elementary school principals earn a little more than $100,000: Kyle Langille at Bicentennial earns $102,500, as do Janet Valeri at Ledge Street and Philip Schappler at Sunset Heights.

Nashua High School North’s principal, Marianne Busteed, earns $105,875, while her counterpart at Nashua South, Keith Richard, earns $108,126.

Both assistant superintendents, Roland Boucher and Michael Fredericksen, earn a little more than $107,000 each. The district’s chief operating officer, Daniel Donovan, and the district’s technology director, Richard Farrenkopf, also earn salaries slightly more than $107,000.

All of Nashua’s seven police captains earn $113,066 a year in salary, with both deputy chiefs, Michael Carignan and Dennis Linehan, earning $126,242. The two deputy chiefs are tied for third-highest-paid public employees in the city. Chief Andre Lavoie’s salary of $139,312 makes him the second-highest-paid public employee in the city.

Fire Chief Steven Galipeau earns $124,152 and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Rhodes earns a little more than $112,000. Director of Public Works Lisa Fauteux earns $116,869, making her the fifth-highest-paid public employee. Mayor Jim Donchess rounds out the top paid employees, with a salary of $115,164.

The list of public employee salaries reviewed by The Telegraph does include at least one error. It lists an assistant high school hockey coach as earning $3.9 million. The Telegraph confirmed the pay for that position is actually $1,895.

The public hearing on the budget is set for 7 p.m. June 6 in the Nashua High School North auditorium.