School superintendent is highest paid worker for city of Shelton

School Supt. Freeman Burr was the top paid employee in the city of Shelton in 2013, earning $154,506.

The second highest paid employee was Police Sgt. John F. Youd, who earned $142,404, with Asst. School Supt. Lorraine Rossner making the third most at $141,481.

The “Top Salaries” charts include the 20 highest wage-earners for both the Board of Education and the city side of government for calendar year 2013.

Click below to see the Top Salaries charts:

Board of Education:

Municipal Side:

Board of Education

The school superintendent is traditionally the highest wage-earner in Connecticut municipalities, and Shelton is no exception.

Burr’s annual base salary is $165,000 for fiscal year 2013-14, which began on July 1, 2013. His earnings for calendar year 2013 were lower partly because his salary had been slightly less during the previous fiscal year (covering half of 2013), and because his 2013 vehicle allowance was paid in early 2014.

Burr’s base salary includes a taxable monthly vehicle allowance (he drives his own car) as well as a non-taxable annual annuity of $9,600.

Burr is one of four top BOE administrators that receives an annuity, all of which are included in the amounts in the salary chart. The others who receive annuities are Rossner, Finance Director Al Cameron and Human Resources Director Carole Pannozzo (she did not make the list).

The fourth highest paid BOE employee, David Marchitto, died in September 2013 so his amount reflects some payments made due to his passing.

Principals (also called headmasters) of seven of the city’s eight schools made the list, as did central office administrators, two housemasters at the high school and one assistant principal.

City side of government

On the municipal side of government, 18 of the top 20 earners were Shelton Police Department members.

In most cases, they earned extra income through private duty work for utility, construction and special event projects. The city is reimbursed by outside companies for the private duty, and also makes money through a slight surcharge for such work.

Other extra income earned by police personnel was made through city-paid overtime.

Two police department members on the list retired during the course of the year — Capt. Michael Madden and Det. Thomas Federowicz.

Only two non-police department members made the Top 20 municipal list. Mayor Mark Lauretti was the fourth highest paid employee on the city side, making $124,532, while the city’s information technology consultant, Daniel Bednarsky, was paid $101,330 in his position.

(Note: The version of this article that appeared in the Feb. 26 print edition had inadvertently stated that Mayor Mark Lauretti was the third highest paid employee on the city side of government; we regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.)