July 5, 2017
Back in the 70s, when I got my first exposure to
computer systems, what we now call the Information Technology (IT)
department was called Management Information Systems. At what was then
called the Michigan Department of Social Services, the computer folks
were the Bureau of Management Information Systems, or BuMIS. The
implication of the name was that a primary function was to provide
information to the department's managers to assist in administering
programs such as Aid to Dependent Children, Old Age Assistance, Aid to
the Disabled and Food Stamps.
A few days ago, when I finally got the
2016 payroll information from the City of Lansing I'd FOIAed in
March, I was told that because it took so long, I wouldn't be charged.
The actual cost, I was told, exceeded $1000, and to reduce costs next
time, I should consider narrowing my request.
$1000+ seems excessive unless the City is
still using Fortran and punch cards. I suspect the threatened charge has
been inflated as a deterrent. Little work should have been required.
The information should have been on hand since late January, when the
City submitted its payroll file to the IRS and the State Department of
Treasury. If that file lacked some of the information I requested, you'd
think it would have been pulled together at that same time so it could
be presented to the mayor, the personnel office and the finance
department. You'd think Management would
want that information.
If Management did not get that
information, they should thank me for getting it for them and presenting
it in a useful form on this readily-available website. I should
charge them. It took hours of work, and after I got it all done,
I had to do much of it over again when I discovered that the file
contained 39 people who were hired in 2017. Here are some items
Management might find of interest:
A total of 1,139 employees received
pay in 2016. There were 92
terminations, so there were 1,047 employees at the end of the
year. There were 223
hires, so with 92 terminations, there was a net gain of 131
employees. However, that doesn't count new police officers, the number
of which is unknown because their hire dates were redacted. As when I got this same information for
names of undercover police officers were redacted. This time,
however, position, bargaining unit and hire date were also redacted. No
reason given. Also redacted were hire dates for all other police
officers, which makes no sense (and may have been a mistake). For any of
them who were hired before 2011, I was able to get the hire date from
the 2010 file.
There were 61
contract employees at the beginning of the year. 43 more were
hired and 22 terminated, bringing the year end total to 82. At the
end of 2010, there were 31.
Public Service director Chad Gamble
got a $15,600 "miscellaneous"
payment on top of his $124,021 regular wages.
Contract employee Sharon Frischman
works for the Finance Department and gets
$102 per hour, $28 more than City Attorney Jim Smiertka, who has
the second highest hourly rate.
overtime paid was $4,993,835.92. The Police Department was
highest with $2,107,418.31, next was the Fire Department with
$1,618,018.91 and third was Public Service with $1,192,053.89. The
overtime king was police sergeant Guy Pace, whose $70,717.98
overtime pay was almost as much as his $74,568.68 regular pay. He
got more pay in 2016 than anyone.
Here is the data:
ABBOTT, MICHEAL S
through BURTCH, WILLIAM E
BURTON, DAVID T through
ETHERIDGE, RICKY through HOPEWELL, DUANE R
through LEDESMA, MARIO I
LEEK, DWAYNE through NEVINS, ROBERT
NEVINS, VICTORIA through RODRIGUEZ, ARTURO
RODRIGUEZ, JONAH C through SUMNER, HEATHER
SWAN, STEVEN M through ZUCHOWSKI, MONICA
Relations and Community Services
and Neighborhood Development
Principle Shopping District
Public Service Department
Regular wages over
wages over $75,000
Hourly rate over $30
Totals by department
You can always find this information by
going to my home page (steveharrypublicpolicy.com), clicking Directory
at the top, then Reports, then - under City of Lansing - 2016 payroll.
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