The Highest Paid – In the city, as in life, bosses make more money

March 10, 2010
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City salaries at the highest level are better by a wide margin than ever before.

This is true in Revere, where the ten highest paid city employees are, indeed, highly paid.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Dakin continues to top this list at $185,000 and some change.

And why not?

Dakin runs the equivalent of a $55 million a year corporation with hundreds of employees and thousands who are serviced by the corporation he runs.

In addition, he does a good job, actually, a bit better than good. He is probably in the very good category and Revere’s Public Schools relative success is an extension, we believe, of his leadership.

Police Chief Terence Reardon at $165,000 plus change is also a bargain, given the fact he runs a multi million-dollar public safety outfit with more than 100 employees and a 24/7 mandate to keep the changing city safe.

This is easier said than done but Reardon is on the job everyday and is probably better suited to run the Revere Police Department than anyone else given the level of difficulty involved.

But where does the mayor of the city stand salary wise?

He’s number 31 – not even close to the heavies up high and frankly, doesn’t even make as much as some police lieutenants, school principals and deputy fire chiefs.

We are left to wonder – how is it the mayor, responsible for a $130 million budget, for hundreds and hundreds of employees and ostensibly for the public safety, social and moral needs of a government serving almost 50,000 people – how does this man, in this primary position, make much less than the people serving under him?

We believe that whatever is wrong with American society today, where so much about life seems topsy turvy or turned upside down is reflected in the imbalance of municipal salaries.

The mayor of Revere should be the highest paid public employee in the city.

Any other situation just doesn’t make sense – let alone make good business sense.

We don’t know Louis LaRosa, for instance.

He’s a third year Revere Police Sergeant and we’re told he’s a good guy and does a great job.

Sgt. LaRosa made $1300 more than Mayor Ambrosino this year.

When the mayor was starting out in his career he probably never imagined that a Revere police chief could make $60,000 a year more than him.

Or how about the superintendent of schools making $70,000 a year more than the mayor.

We’ve come a long way in municipal government.

However, until this imbalance is corrected, it sets the wrong example for everyone employed.

The boss and the owner of the corporation always makes more than his employees.

And that’s the way it ought to be.

  • BMaher

    With regard to Mr. Dakin's salary, let's not make ridiculous comparisons. Any warm body, including Bozo the Clown, can stand at the head of a multimillion dollar organization, especially when accountability standards are absolutely zero, as with the militantly merit-phobic public schools. (I assume you've heard of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, General Motors, Chrysler, et al.) Did Mr. Dakin's last hefty raise correspond with let's say– a significant increase in Revere High School graduates matriculating into top tier colleges? Did Mr. Dakin's last hefty raise correspond with efforts to woo and secure the most academically acclaimed teachers available in the world? (Oops, I forgot, Mr. Dakin and his union followers do not recognize the huge skill level differences among humans in any occupational field.) Please tell us how you came up with your assessment of Mr. Dakin. What scholarly books were prescribed to Revere High School students in the past 4 years? When I was at Revere High School years ago, not a single book of acclaimed scholarship was prescribed but I'll leave the administrative incompetents of that age to defend their own account. We could accurately judge Mr. Dakin's value by simply interviewing the students under his auspices. What can his students tell us about the history of the Middle East? What can his students tell us about the Federalist Papers and the anti-Federalist papers? What can his students tell us about the history of the Korean or Vietnam War–the Vietnam War being the worst American tragedy of the previous century? What can his students tell us about Sumerian civilization? Egypt? Russia? China? Mesoamerica, etc. I don't think the typical high school graduate of the public schools can find China on a map if you give them 6 months to do so. Come out to the school grounds with me and we'll quickly find out Mr. Dakin's worth–if you dare.

  • RI

    The previous writer has a point.Mr Dakin's $185k plus salary is way to high.The Revere students simply do not benefit from his outrageous salary.

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It’s our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money’s he’s saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER’s SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL’s GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere’s educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It’s our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money’s he’s saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER’s SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL’s GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere’s educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It’s our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money’s he’s saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER’s SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL’s GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere’s educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It’s our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money’s he’s saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER’s SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL’s GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere’s educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It’s our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money’s he’s saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER’s SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL’s GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere’s educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It’s our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money’s he’s saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER’s SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL’s GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere’s educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • FIRE EM ALL!

    completely outraged that our leaders & school princ.& their staff would RUN REVERE into the ground & then blame it on their being more poor in Revere! Common sense GOES ALONG WAY! FIRE THEM ALL! Our Mayor deserves HI pay BUT the leaches need to GO! I do not want our taxes to pay for their LAMEness ANY LONGER! It's our wealthy leaders that made this mess!
    IMAGINE teachers making 97,thousand give or take & THEN insisting on FAMILIES OF 5 making $33,thosand PER YEAR providing CLASSROOMS with pencils,fan, extention cords,tissue,paper towels,cleaning products,wipes NO IM NOT KIDDING! HI paid teachers here spend nothing on their OWN CLASSROOMS & MAKE THAT KINDA MONEY!
    I REALLY DO FEEL BETRAYED & FEEL THEY SWINDLED OUR CHILDREN OUT OF AN ADVENTUROUS LEARNING EDUCATION!
    That Dankin SHOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK money's he's saved BY OVER CROWDING CLASSROOMS & TURNING OFF HEAT IN THE GYMS & for stating TEACHER's SCARIFICED PAY….by going 2days w/o! WHAT A DISSGRACE!
    #1. MAKING $97,THOUSAND give or take & most are childless CAN AFFORD 2DAYS W/O PAY!
    #2. They could have STILL HAD CLASS W/O PAY instead OF THE CHILDREN PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE W/ NO SCHOOL at all! (& THEY BETTER NOT HAVE TO MAKE UP THESE DAYS IN June!) & did yah know the teachers planned this for 2 weeks? THEY DID NOT TEACH CLASS for all the meeting that they held in secret leaving students w/ paid teacher/staff!
    THEY did not give parents any warning that KIDS would be SCHOOL less! ALSO SCHOOL's GET money about $4,000.oo PER kid everyday theyre in school & THATS WHY NO KID CAN BE ABSENT MORE THAN 4TIMES FAILING ON THE 5TH!
    So once again how did this move made by Revere's educated hi paid Leaders SAVE ANYONE ANY MONEY??? I say fired them all! FIRE THEM TODAY W/ AS MUCH NOTICE AS THEY GAVE REVERES PARENTS that had to miss work to care for kids that HAD NO CLASS! Parents which never get paid to be home! Parents THAT DO NOT MAKE $40,THOUSAND A YEAR NEVER MIND $96,ooo- LINCOLN school staff should be the first to go FIRE THEM ALL & USE THEIR SALARIES TO PAY NEW TEACHERS THAT DO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN!!!

  • Kim

    Officer Larosa works hard and earns every bit of his pay and you have the nerve to piss and moan that the Mayor makes less than him. Well what does the mayor do other than sit on his ass, put in his measley 40 hours a week, IFFFFFF he even does that, when officer Larosa is out there working over 100 hours a week to keep our city safe and working very hard. I don’t see the Mayor pulling people out of burning cars. I see him going home at 4pm for the day.

  • Kim

    Officer Larosa works hard and earns every bit of his pay and you have the nerve to piss and moan that the Mayor makes less than him. Well what does the mayor do other than sit on his ass, put in his measley 40 hours a week, IFFFFFF he even does that, when officer Larosa is out there working over 100 hours a week to keep our city safe and working very hard. I don’t see the Mayor pulling people out of burning cars. I see him going home at 4pm for the day.

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