2020: A year of overtime


By Jim Krumel - jkrumel@limanews.com



Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte, shown here testifying in a rape case Friday, picked up $70,063 in overtime in 2020, pushing his earnings to $134,932 while dealing with fewer resources and increased crime.

Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte, shown here testifying in a rape case Friday, picked up $70,063 in overtime in 2020, pushing his earnings to $134,932 while dealing with fewer resources and increased crime.


File photo | The Lima News

The Lima Fire Department and Lima Police Department responded to a car running into a house in the early morning hours of July 18. Government salaries saw a lot of overtime in 2020. The LPD saw 21 city employees earn more than $20,000 in overtime last year, and eight members of the Lima Fire Department were paid more than the fire chief.

The Lima Fire Department and Lima Police Department responded to a car running into a house in the early morning hours of July 18. Government salaries saw a lot of overtime in 2020. The LPD saw 21 city employees earn more than $20,000 in overtime last year, and eight members of the Lima Fire Department were paid more than the fire chief.


File photo | The Lima News

REGION’S TOP 50 GOVERNMENT SALARIES IN 2020

Rank Name Municipality Title Salary OT

1 James Stripe Van Wert County Ta Edison Superintendent 159,471 -

2 Glenn Derryberry Allen County Probate Judge 150,183 -

2 Terri Kohlrieser Allen County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Jeffrey Reed Allen County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Matt Charles Staley Allen County Domestic Judge 150,183 -

2 Frederick D Pepple Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Michael A. Borer Putnam County Probate/Juv Judge 150,183 -

2 Keith H. Schierloh Putnam County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Marty Burchfield Van Wert County C.P. Court Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Kevin H. Taylor Van Wert County Probate Probate Judge 150,183 -

11 Chad C. Niese Putnam County Municipal Court Judge 142,729 -

12 Tammie Hursh Allen County City Of Lima Muni Court Judge 141,229 -

12 David Rodabaugh Allen County City Of Lima Muni Court Judge 141,229 -

12 R. Andrew Augsburger Auglaize County Municipal Judge 141,229 -

15 Juergen Waldick Allen County County Prosecutor 140,638 -

16 Stephen Kayatin Allen County Sanitary Engineer 139,771 -

17 Steven J Stechschulte Jr Lima Police Detective 134,932 70,063

18 Anthony Geiger Lima Law Director 134,701 -

19 Edwin A Pierce Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney 132,605 -

20 Gary L. Lammers Putnam County Prosecutor 126,577 -

21 John H Elstro Lima Public Works Director 126,417 -

22 Eva Yarger Van Wert County Prosecuting Attorney 125,885 -

23 David J Berger Lima Mayor 125,811 -

24 Steven V Cleaves Lima Finance/Purchasing Director 125,537 -

25 Brian J Berheide Lima Deputy Fire Chief 123,260 868

26 Douglas P Reinhart Auglaize County Engineer, Sanitary Engineer 121,726 -

27 Michael H Caprella Lima Utilities Director 118,888 -

28 Bradley T Miller Lima Fire Captain 116,629 34,038

29 Joseph Patton Allen County DJFS Administrator 116,175 -

30 David L Schnipke Lima Environmental Compliance Manager 114,930 2,610

31 Tammie Colon Allen County Mental Health Executive Director 114,720 -

32 Gregory S Kirkendall Lima Battalion Chief 114,503 26,223

33 Kevin J Martin Lima Police Chief 112,735 -

34 Theresa Schnipke Allen County DD Superintenant 111,426 -

35 Saul E Allen Lima Deputy Utilities Director 111,152 -

36 Kelly Stevenson Allen County Adult Probation Director 110,047 -

37 Kevin L Clark Lima Fire Captain 109,909 22,261

38 Donald W. Harrod Minster Village Administrator 108,650 -

39 Thomas Hull Allen County Juv Crt Clinical Director 108,588 -

40 Dale W Schultheis Lima Fire Captain 108,456 32,395

41 Brian D Stewart Lima Deputy Fire Chief 106,863 12,365

42 George Davis Iii Lima Battalion Chief 106,032 26,570

43 Brion Rhodes Allen County County Engineer 105,562 -

44 Christopher Karcz Allen County Mental Health Chief Operting Officer 105,358 -

45 Michael D. Boaz Putnam County Superintendent 104,829 -

46 Randall S Bartels Lima Auditor 104,634 -

47 James L Baker Lima Police Major 104,441 -

48 Angel L Cortes Lima Police Major 104,423 -

49 Brent Burk Allen County Worth Executive Director 104,358 -

50 Patrick L Coon Lima Police Major 104,342 -

Source: Area governments

LIMA — The figures are eye-opening.

• Twenty-two employees of the City of Lima were paid more than $100,000 in 2020, twice the number of five years ago. Ten others had salaries between $95,000 and $100,000.

• Nearly $2 million of overtime was paid by Lima in a year where a hiring freeze saw the city hit with 48,319 hours of overtime.

• Allen County saw 24 people being paid more than $5,000 in overtime, including three health department employees who earned more than $14,000 each in overtime.

These were among the findings in The Lima News’ 28th annual public salary study, which examined the salaries of local government workers paid in 2020.

It was a year where local governments found themselves dealing with a pandemic, social unrest, violent crime and a national election like no other.

It was a year of overtime.

The staff’s tired

At Allen County Public Health, there were days when the phone never stopped ringing and the work was non-stop. It was felt on the agency’s budget, with seven health department employees earning more than $5,000 in overtime during 2020. Front-line workers Brandon Fischer was paid $20,552 in overtime, Rebecca Brooks $19,641 and Becky Riepenhoff $14,922.

The agency has received some grants to help with the extra expense, health commissioner Kathy Luhn said, but her bigger concern is the welfare of her staff.

“The staff’s tired. We’ve put in a lot of time, a lot of energy,” she said. “It’s been a stressful year.”

Stressed officers

The Lima Police Department saw 21 city employees earn more than $20,000 in overtime last year. Tops on the list was Detective Steven Stechschulte, who doubled his salary with a whopping $70,063 in overtime. Factor that into his base pay, and Stechschulte was the highest paid person on the Lima city payroll at $134,931.

Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said the high numbers in overtime were a reflection of several things:

• The uncertainty of the pandemic, which brought about a hiring freeze. The freeze meant others on staff would need to absorb the workload.

• The social unrest that spread across the country.

• Unexpected employee attrition.

• An increase in violent crime.

“The police department actually found itself in a position where our staffing was much, much shorter than what we had originally planned for the year,” Martin said. “We had to deal with the decrease in staffing, while at the same time dealing with an increase in juvenile crime and violent crime.”

That was underscored by the work done by Stechschulte.

His tireless work was credited as the key to obtaining the first-ever conviction in Allen County of an individual for participating in a criminal gang. For that and other efforts, Stechschulte was presented in January with the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association’s Outstanding Peace Officer award for 2020.

“Yeah, you can say the extra dollars are nice for people, but it really is a sacrifice to work all that overtime, not just for the officers, but for their families as well,” Martin said. “Their families have to sacrifice because dad or mom just isn’t around as much as they would like to be.”

Other findings

Other findings in the salary study:

• Eight members of the Lima Fire Department were paid more than the fire chief.

• Allen County Board of Elections director Kathy Meyer earned $5,179 in overtime.

• The 13 Allen County employees who made more than $100,000 in 2020 were almost double the number of five years ago, when seven people crossed the century mark.

Lima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte, shown here testifying in a rape case Friday, picked up $70,063 in overtime in 2020, pushing his earnings to $134,932 while dealing with fewer resources and increased crime.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/03/web1_Trial-Steck-Friday-1.jpgLima Police Department Detective Steve Stechschulte, shown here testifying in a rape case Friday, picked up $70,063 in overtime in 2020, pushing his earnings to $134,932 while dealing with fewer resources and increased crime. File photo | The Lima News
The Lima Fire Department and Lima Police Department responded to a car running into a house in the early morning hours of July 18. Government salaries saw a lot of overtime in 2020. The LPD saw 21 city employees earn more than $20,000 in overtime last year, and eight members of the Lima Fire Department were paid more than the fire chief.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/03/web1_WorkingOT.jpgThe Lima Fire Department and Lima Police Department responded to a car running into a house in the early morning hours of July 18. Government salaries saw a lot of overtime in 2020. The LPD saw 21 city employees earn more than $20,000 in overtime last year, and eight members of the Lima Fire Department were paid more than the fire chief. File photo | The Lima News

By Jim Krumel

jkrumel@limanews.com

REGION’S TOP 50 GOVERNMENT SALARIES IN 2020

Rank Name Municipality Title Salary OT

1 James Stripe Van Wert County Ta Edison Superintendent 159,471 -

2 Glenn Derryberry Allen County Probate Judge 150,183 -

2 Terri Kohlrieser Allen County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Jeffrey Reed Allen County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Matt Charles Staley Allen County Domestic Judge 150,183 -

2 Frederick D Pepple Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Michael A. Borer Putnam County Probate/Juv Judge 150,183 -

2 Keith H. Schierloh Putnam County Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Marty Burchfield Van Wert County C.P. Court Common Pleas Judge 150,183 -

2 Kevin H. Taylor Van Wert County Probate Probate Judge 150,183 -

11 Chad C. Niese Putnam County Municipal Court Judge 142,729 -

12 Tammie Hursh Allen County City Of Lima Muni Court Judge 141,229 -

12 David Rodabaugh Allen County City Of Lima Muni Court Judge 141,229 -

12 R. Andrew Augsburger Auglaize County Municipal Judge 141,229 -

15 Juergen Waldick Allen County County Prosecutor 140,638 -

16 Stephen Kayatin Allen County Sanitary Engineer 139,771 -

17 Steven J Stechschulte Jr Lima Police Detective 134,932 70,063

18 Anthony Geiger Lima Law Director 134,701 -

19 Edwin A Pierce Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney 132,605 -

20 Gary L. Lammers Putnam County Prosecutor 126,577 -

21 John H Elstro Lima Public Works Director 126,417 -

22 Eva Yarger Van Wert County Prosecuting Attorney 125,885 -

23 David J Berger Lima Mayor 125,811 -

24 Steven V Cleaves Lima Finance/Purchasing Director 125,537 -

25 Brian J Berheide Lima Deputy Fire Chief 123,260 868

26 Douglas P Reinhart Auglaize County Engineer, Sanitary Engineer 121,726 -

27 Michael H Caprella Lima Utilities Director 118,888 -

28 Bradley T Miller Lima Fire Captain 116,629 34,038

29 Joseph Patton Allen County DJFS Administrator 116,175 -

30 David L Schnipke Lima Environmental Compliance Manager 114,930 2,610

31 Tammie Colon Allen County Mental Health Executive Director 114,720 -

32 Gregory S Kirkendall Lima Battalion Chief 114,503 26,223

33 Kevin J Martin Lima Police Chief 112,735 -

34 Theresa Schnipke Allen County DD Superintenant 111,426 -

35 Saul E Allen Lima Deputy Utilities Director 111,152 -

36 Kelly Stevenson Allen County Adult Probation Director 110,047 -

37 Kevin L Clark Lima Fire Captain 109,909 22,261

38 Donald W. Harrod Minster Village Administrator 108,650 -

39 Thomas Hull Allen County Juv Crt Clinical Director 108,588 -

40 Dale W Schultheis Lima Fire Captain 108,456 32,395

41 Brian D Stewart Lima Deputy Fire Chief 106,863 12,365

42 George Davis Iii Lima Battalion Chief 106,032 26,570

43 Brion Rhodes Allen County County Engineer 105,562 -

44 Christopher Karcz Allen County Mental Health Chief Operting Officer 105,358 -

45 Michael D. Boaz Putnam County Superintendent 104,829 -

46 Randall S Bartels Lima Auditor 104,634 -

47 James L Baker Lima Police Major 104,441 -

48 Angel L Cortes Lima Police Major 104,423 -

49 Brent Burk Allen County Worth Executive Director 104,358 -

50 Patrick L Coon Lima Police Major 104,342 -

Source: Area governments

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