ABINGDON, Va. — The collective salaries of Abingdon’s male employees total approximately $1.8 million more than female employees — but the gap has nothing to do with gender, according to Town Manager Greg Kelly.
There are 62 more male than female town employees. However, more women hold leadership roles than men.
“We strive for diversity, not only in sex but also in race, and I pride myself on this,” Kelly said. “I’ve probably put more females in department head positions than virtually any other local government around.”
Abingdon Public Salaries
|KELLY, GREGORY W||TOWN MANAGER||140590|
|ICENHOUR, DEBORAH C||TOWN ATTORNEY||100394|
|SULLIVAN, PHILLIP A||POLICE CHIEF||91406|
|BAILEY Jr, MERRITT F||DIRECTOR OF IT||82241|
|BANNER, CHARLES W||DIRECTOR OF FIN||80000|
|ROSENBAUM, CECILE M||ASST TOWN MANAG||80000|
|BOLICK, MATTHEW C||DIRECT PUB SVCS||78750|
|MCCORMICK, JOHN F||FIRE CHIEF||74000|
|VENCILL, JOHN T||ENGINEER/INTERIM CO-DIRECTOR PLANNIN||72000|
|CALLAHAN, JERRY D||OPER MGR WASTE||71749|
|REICHLER, STACEY L||DIRECTOR HR||70000|
|SNODGRASS, BILLY G||POLICE LIEUTENANT||69335|
|FOSTER SR, GLEN M||SUPERINTENDENT-||68459|
|MOORE, SARITA D||DIRECTOR OF WCWRF||67459|
|DUEHRING, JAYNE A||DIRECT OF TOUR||62500|
|CHAFIN, JAMES H||SUPER PUB SVC||61172|
|JOHNSON, JENNIFER L||DIRECT PKS-REC||55000|
|WORLEY, KEVIN W||DIR OUTDOOR REC||55000|
|WYNNE, MELISHA J||DIRECT PKS-REC||55000|
|MCGLOTHLIN, CLAUDE L||NETWORK ADMIN IT||53550|
|HOLBROOK, JONATHAN T||POLICE OFFICER||52834|
|DUNCAN, CONNIE S||LABORATORY SUPE||52250|
|WATTS, MARION D||DIRECTOR BLDG INSPECTIONS||50890|
|ROARK, MICHAEL E||FOREMAN WCWRF||49901|
|BALDWIN, TAMMY M||TAX CLERK||49246|
|LETT, KRISTOPHER E||MAINT 1 SUP WAS||48839|
|OVERBAY, CHARLES H||POLICE SERGEANT||48806|
|HAY, OAKLEY A||POLICE OFFICER||47930|
|BOSWELL, JASON C||CODE COMPLIANCE||47500|
|KINGSLEY, KIMBERLY S||PARALEGAL||47476|
|TRIPLETT, TONYA H||COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR||47476|
|FINNEY, CAMILLE L||POLICE SERGEANT||45713|
|WEAVER, CRAIG A||POLICE SERGEANT||45660|
|JENNINGS, CHRISTOPHER D||INVESTIGATOR||45368|
|THOMPSON, SCOTT E||CHIEF OPER-WAST||45014|
|LIVINGSTON, MARY A||MARKETING COORDINATOR TOURISM||45000|
|CAREY, JAMES D||ENIVRON COORD||43135|
|PARKS, CHRISTOPHER L||INVESTIGATOR||42480|
|LEE, ELLEN S||ADMIN SVC COORD||41856|
|GOBBLE, DAVID C||OPER 2 WASTEWTR||41594|
|DUNCAN, MATTHEW D||POLICE SERGEANT||41486|
|STATZER, RICKY A||BUILDING INSPEC||40800|
|AUSTIN, JASON M||INVESTIGATOR||40711|
|EADES, STEPHEN B||POLICE OFFICER||40711|
|MINNICK, ELIZABETH A||GIS COORDINATOR||40506|
|SURBER, LEIGH ANNE H||MANAGER MUSTER GROUNDS||40038|
|SULLINS, ANGELA L||EVIDENCE CUSTOD||39986|
|LINKOUS, ROGER K||COOMES REC CENT||39704|
|LESTER, DERICK S||PUB WORKS TECH||39125|
|SURRETT, MICHAEL T||PUBLIC WORKS IN||39125|
|BRUMMITT, JOSHUA D||POLICE OFFICER||38772|
|DEBUSK, ANTHONY S||POLICE OFFICER||38772|
|HEATH, CURTIS A||POLICE OFFICER||38772|
|PRICE, DAVID A||HEAD MECH STREET||38333|
|COOK, HUNTER S||FACILITIES MAINTENANCE||38250|
|WIDENER, DENNIS J||FOREMAN-STREET||38189|
|MONTGOMERY, TENILLE B||COMMUNITY RELAT||37277|
|NEAL, TODD E||OPER 2 WASTEWTR||37250|
|CARTY, JOHN N||POLICE OFFICER||36926|
|GREER, JUSTIN W||POLICE OFFICER||36926|
|COLLINS, DENNIS M||GROUNDS MANAGER||36646|
|LUCY, ERIC D||POLICE OFFICER||36496|
|MONTGOMERY, TAMMY P||PAYROLL CLERK||36210|
|HALL, MONICA G||GROUP SALES MGR||35700|
|PHELPS, JONATHON M||IT TECH||35667|
|PRICE, KELVIN B||OPER 3 WASTEWTR||35522|
|BROWN, PATRICIA C||ADMIN ASST||35402|
|WOLFE, NATHANIEL J||CUSTODIAN||35143|
|CORDLE, REBECCA J||POLICE OFFICER||34806|
|ATKINS, AKE A||CUSTODIAN||34316|
|SPIVA, MARION E||GROUNDS CREW||34316|
|SULLIVAN, RANDALL L||OPERATOR I||34091|
|KNIGHT, EVELYN J||ADMIN ASST||33995|
|TATE JR, JEFFREY A||POLICE OFFICER||33976|
|DEA, CRYSTAL E||POLICE OFFICER||33793|
|GODBEY, ANDREW W||MECHANIC STREET||33599|
|SAAVEDRA, SARA F||SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR||33546|
|SALYER, BRENDA G||FINANCE AR CLERK||33150|
|PROFITT, REBA E||ACCOUNTS PAYABLE||33010|
|RICHARDSON, KAYLA R||POLICE OFFICER||32808|
|MABE, KALAN R||MAINT 3 TECH WA||32778|
|DUNN, JASON M||TRUCK DRIV 2 CO||32592|
|BLOCK, MICHELLE D||ADMIN ASST WAST||32099|
|HOLLEY, JOHN W||GROUNDS CREW||32014|
|MASON, PATRICIA A||HORTICULTURAL||32014|
|NORRIS, ROBERT G||LIGHT EQUIPMENT||31425|
|SINGLETON, BRANDON L||TRUCK DRIVER 1||31409|
|WILMOTH, YANCEY D||POLICE OFFICER||31246|
|DOWELL, PHILLIP D||EQUIPMENT OPERA||31172|
|ROE, JERRY L||EQUIPMENT OPERA||30846|
|GARLAND, TOMMY W||EQUIPMENT OPERA||30510|
|HAGY, JEFFREY A||POLICE OFFICER||30336|
|PENDERGRASS, DAVID L||EQUIPMENT OPERA||30278|
|SNAVELY, DEBRA J||UTILITIES CLERK||30014|
|REED, BRIAN D||LABORER-STREET||29994|
|FARRIS III, DAVID M||POLICE OFFICER||29741|
|CLARK, JAMES C||TRUCK DRIV 2 CO||29643|
|WRIGHT, SHANE A||EQUIPMENT OPERA||29636|
|BARKER, CHRISTOPHER G||MECHANIC STREET||29278|
|KESTNER, CHRISTOPHER L||EQUIPMENT OPERA||29130|
|PRICE, CLAUDE M||TRUCK DRIV 1 CO||28995|
|DAVENPORT, MELISSA A||CASHIER||28808|
|LARKEY, BRIAN D||GROUNDS CREW||28600|
|HAND, MICHAEL S||EQUIPMENT OPERA||28538|
|MCCOY, JENNIFER L||CASHIER||28517|
|PRICE, IRMA D||CASHIER FINANCE||28517|
|POLLARD, JOHN HENRY K||REC COORD||28500|
|HEAD, NANCY E||ADMIN ASST||28000|
|PACE, JOHNNY R||CUSTODIAN||27734|
|LAWRENCE, CHARLES V||LABORER-STREET||26600|
|MARTIN, MYRA W||FRONT DESK ASST||26540|
|REYNOLDS, JOSEPH L||LABORER-STREET||25824|
|SCARBERRY, VERNON L||LABORER-STREET||25803|
|CROWDER, CHELSEA B||LIFEGUARD||25786|
|CORDLE, CHAD E||TRUCK DRIVER 1||25709|
|WILLARD, BRIAN K||LABORER||25676|
|WOODS, DELANA S||CUSTODIAN||25429|
|WYATT, MICHAEL W||LABORER||24816|
|CUNNINGHAM, CYNTHIA L||FRONT DESK ASST||22508|
|HURD, JESSICA S||LIFEGUARD||22508|
|ROSE, VIRGELLO T||GROUNDS CREW||22399|
|GARLAND, JASON B||MAINT 6 BLDG GR||22277|
|THOMAS, LLOYD D||LABORER-STREET||22277|
|WISE, JORDAN K||GROUNDS CREW||21852|
|BOARDWINE, DERICK K||LABORER||21840|
|BLENDEN, MELAINA R||HORTICULTURAL||21216|
|EDWARDS, TYLER L||LABORER||21216|
|MURRAY, DUSTIN R||LABORER||21216|
|HICKS, CHRISTINE L||FRONT DESK ASST||20800|
|ROUSE, MATTHEW C||LABORER-STREET||20800|
|SMITH, JEFFREY A||LIFEGUARD||20800|
|LOWE, CATHERINE L||MAYOR||8625|
|MCGLOTHLIN, CLAUDE L||ASST FIRE CHIEF||6596|
|CRAIG, JULIAN W||COUNCIL MEMBER||6437|
|HOWARD, ROBERT M||COUNCIL MEMBER||6437|
|HUMPHREYS, RICHARD E||COUNCIL MEMBER||6437|
|PATTERSON, MARY C||COUNCIL MEMBER||6437|
Abingdon’s population is approximately 8,200 people, according to Kelly. The town has 275 employees, 170 men and 105 women.
The total of all male employees’ salaries amounts to approximately $3.5 million, while the total of all female employees is around $1.7 million.
The Bristol Herald Courier obtained the 2017-18 salaries of town employees through the Freedom of Information Act.
While six women and five men hold director positions within the town government — excluding public safety — three men make more than the highest paid female director. This breakdown only considers employees with “director” in their job title.
The highest paid male director — Floyd Bailey, director of IT — makes $82,241 per year, whereas the highest paid female director — Stacey Reichler, director of human resources makes $70,000.
In addition to Reichler, the female directors are Sarita Moore, director of wastewater operations, Jayne Duehring, director of tourism, Melisha Wynee and Jennifer Johnson, co-directors of indoor recreation, and Tonya Triplett, director of economic development.
In addition to Bailey, the men who hold directory positions are Chuck Banner, director of finance, Matthew Bolick, director of public services, Kevin Worley, director of outdoor recreation and Marion Watts, director of building inspections.
“So there are quite a few people who are in high-up positions with the town that are in the minority status of being female, but we don’t look a that [during the hiring process], we look at who the most qualified individual is when they come through,” Kelly said. “We try to get the best person to come in here and fit what we need and what we think the public will accept in terms of delivering the best service for them.”
The town tries to be diverse while hiring, but Kelly said that Abingdon “does not have a very diverse population outside of male and female.”
The salary scale
Kelly said that an employee’s salary is based upon qualifications, including education, experience and certifications. The town uses scales to determine an employee’s salary.
The scales feature “a minimum entry level, a middle salary and then an upper salary, so where they [the applicants] fit into that is based upon experience and education and certifications and things like that,” Kelly said.
The highest paid male employee is Kelly, who makes $140,590 per year. Deborah Icenhour, the town attorney, is the highest paid female employee, making $100,394 per year.
Town Council sets the salaries for the town manager, town attorney, assistant town manager, director of finance, fire chief and assistant fire chief, according to Kelly.
“All appointees’ salaries are normally fixed by the governing body and then the management fixes all the other subordinate salaries,” he said. “I have nothing to do with setting my salary, Ms. Icenhour’s, Ms. Rosenbaum’s or Mr. Banner’s salary, those are all things that get negotiated between us and the council. All the rest of them come across my desk for my signature.”
COLAs vs. merit-based raises
Town Council also handles raises. In years past, council made cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, across the board.
“Since I’ve been here, those [COLAs] have ranged from anywhere of 1 percent per year to 5 percent per year or nothing and this particular year there was no COLAs adjustments given,” Kelly said.
Town employees can also receive merit raises, which are recommended by the department head.
“The way that merit increases work is if an employee has done something extraordinary in carrying out their job, more so than he or she was required to, or they’ve gone on and gained a certification that allows them to do another component of their job that requires a little expertise,” Kelly said.
Each year, the town manager receives a “discretionary amount of money” that can be used for pay increases, other than COLAs, he said. The current council-approved amount is $75,000. An example is if an employee in the town’s maintenance department earns an electrical license that could warrant a raise because, “that’s big to us because it saves a bunch of money on having to higher out an electrician,” Kelly said.
Every town department has salary caps. If someone is hired in at the upper scale of the three-tiered system, there is the possibility of getting capped until Town Council reviews the pay scales and decides whether to adjust them, Kelly said.
“It’s not uncommon for pay scales to get adjusted periodically,” Kelly said. “The last time we’ve done it might have been two or three years ago and we might come in and say the Town Council ups those by 3 percent so it gives a little bit more of an opportunity for somebody who is at that upper cap to make a little bit more money.”
When a town employee retires, the Virginia Retirement System plan is based upon their last three years’ salary, according to Kelly.
Town of Wytheville, Virginia
Just less than an hour’s drive from Abingdon is the town of Wytheville, which has a population of 8, 211 people, which is just 11 more than in Abingdon.
Wytheville has 165 full-time employees and 250 part-time employees. Abingdon has 130 full-time employees and 125 part-time.
Wytheville’s Town Council also set the salaries of town manager, town attorney, assistant town attorney, treasurer and town clerk.
The highest paid employee for both towns is the town manager. Wytheville Town Manager C. Wayne Sutherland Jr.’s annual salary is $122,707, which is around $20,000 less than Kelly.
The highest paid female employee in Wytheville is Town Clerk Sharon Corvin, who earns $67,277, a significant difference from Abingdon’s highest female employee, who makes approximately $100,000.
The total salary for all town employees in Wytheville was approximately $7 million in 2016. The payroll is not broken down by male and female employees.
The Abingdon Police Department
One town job whose salary is set at entry level is police officer.
When someone with no experience is hired, they receive the entry-level salary of $29,741, according to Abingdon Police Chief Tony Sullivan.
“If someone is already certified in Virginia, I can boost that up [their starting salary] to like 5 percent of the set pay,” Sullivan said. “However, I rarely hire certified people.”
The Police Department’s raises are up to Town Council, Sullivan said.
The longer a person is with the Police Department, the more opportunities there are for raises over time.
But, at the end of the day, “everyone walks in the door making the same amount,” Sullivan said.