Abingdon Salaries

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

Name Position Pay
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
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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.

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