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Pay Disparity: Many Flagler Government Employees Paid Less While Several “All Stars” Are Overpaid

| September 10, 2018

Some government employees' salaries are more palatial than others. (© FlaglerLive)

Some government employees’ salaries are more palatial than others. (© FlaglerLive)

A salary study commissioned by Flagler government found disparities in pay between county government’s 370-some employees and their peers in other governments, with most underpaid.


But the study also found some top administrative employees and a few others in the ranks overpaid, some of them significantly so: the disparities are not just between Flagler County and other local governments, but within Flagler County government itself, with an “all stars” system rewarding some employees far more than others.

Among those found to be overpaid, based on the survey’s midpoint averages, are Airport Director Roy Sieger, Tourism Director Matt Dunn, Economics Development Director Helga van Eckert, IT Director Jarrod Shupe, County Engineer Faith al-Khatib, Planner Wendy Hickey, Paralegal Sean Moylan, Christie Mayer, the executive assistant to County Administrator Craig Coffey, Sally Sherman, his erstwhile deputy and current “special projects” contractor, along with some planners, some equipment operators and some mechanics.  

The survey did not look at positions appointed by the county commission–the county administrator and the county attorney, who are paid $159,000 and $210,000 respectively. (County Attorney Al Hadeed has an annual automatic raise built into his contract.) It also did not analyze employee salaries outside the county commission. That is, none of the constitutional officers’ ranks, including the sheriff’s, were included in the analysis.

Either way, the Flagler County Commission last week signaled approval of a $1 million, three-year plan to raise the pay of county employees, starting with a 3 percent across-the-board raise kicking in Oct. 1, whether the employee is overpaid or not.  That will cost $375,000 next year.

It did not signal any interest in lowering the pay of those above market averages. In fact, earlier this year, the commission approved raising one of those pay categories–that which covers the county engineer and the deputy county administrator–after Coffey said that it would anticipate the ongoing salary study’s findings. It did not not: the raises proved steeper than  the salary study found to be necessary.

Coffey defended the raises, as when he addressed a question about Sieger, the airport director whom the county kept aboard with an 11 percent raise to nearly match the $118,000 salary he had been offered in Hillsborough County. The big increase for Al-Khatib’s position, bringing her salary to $150,000, was likewise designed to match pay she was being offered in Volusia. The midpoint for that position, according to the salary survey, is $117,000.


Searchable County Employee Pay Database
Last NameFirst NameActual Position TitleAnnual Salary
HADEEDALBERTCOUNTY ATTORNEY209643.2000
COFFEYCRAIGCOUNTY ADMINISTRATOR158787.2000
ALKHATIBKIFAHPUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/COUNTY
ENGINEER
150009.6000
SHERMANSALLYCONTRACT. SPCL PROJECTS (aka DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR)148740.0000
VANECKERTHELGAEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR ECONOMIC
OPPORTUNITY
119766.4000
SHUPEJARRODINNOVATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR117811.2000
SIEGER JRLEROYAIRPORT DIRECTOR112236.8000
MAYERJOSEPHCOMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTOR100214.4000
GORDONRICHARDASST PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/ASST COUNTY ENGINEER99569.6000
PETITODONALDFIRE RESCUE DIVISION CHIEF97302.4000
BAILEY-BROWNLORIEFINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR96366.4000
PETITOHEIDIGENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR96054.4000
WHALEYSTEVENCHIEF PILOT/MAIN TECH93204.8000
DUNNMATTHEWTOURISM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR91998.4000
SPILLERALEXANDERROAD & BRIDGE MANAGER91000.0000
LORDJONATHANEMERGENCY MANGEMENT CHIEF90001.6000
MORRISDANAFLIGHT OPERATIONS CHIEF89585.6000
BOICEMARKCHIEF BUILDING OFFICIAL/FIRE INSPECTOR I83075.2000
LEAPDENNISPROJECT ADMINISTRATOR82014.4000
DICKSONMICHAELGEN. SERVICES ASST. DIRECTOR80849.6000
MENGELADAMPLANNING DIRECTOR79497.6000
ALBANESEHOLLYLIBRARY DIRECTOR78998.4000
KINGJOSEPHFIRE RESCUE DEPUTY CHIEF77833.6000
HOLLOWAY JRGEORGEIT INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER75732.8000
LEARYISAACIT SUPPORT MANAGER70512.0000
GRAHAMSUSANDEVELOPMENT ENGINEER70428.8000
DAVIDGEFRANCISCHIEF BUILDING INSPECTOR/FIRE INSPECTOR I70324.8000
KENNEDYAMYPROJECT MANAGER69825.6000
ENSALACO JRLEONARDFIRE RESCUE TRAINING OFFICER69451.2000
DAWSONWILLIAMASSISTANT ROAD & BRIDGE MANAGER67745.6000
TELFERTIMOTHYPUBLIC LANDS & NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGER67454.4000
SEMENICKWAYNEFIRE RESCUE/FF/PARAMEDIC/LT66706.9000
LEMONELIZABETHDEV REVIEW PLANNER III66019.2000
BURNSED JRJAMESFIRE RESCUE FF/PARAMEDIC CAPT.65690.3000
SHAWJAMESFIRE RESCUE FF/PARAMEDIC CAPT.65690.3000
GREBECHARLESSENIOR BUILDING INSPECTOR63523.2000
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OLSENJEFFREYFIRE RESCUE/FF/PARAMEDIC/LT61803.3000
REODICARALSTONSHIP ADMINISTRATOR61672.0000
MOYLANSEANPARALEGAL61443.2000
LAGANACHESTERFLEET SERVICES MANAGER61172.8000
GOLDENMATTHEWPUBLIC SAFETY SYSTEMS COORINATOR60008.0000
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MERRITTJOSEPHFIRE RESCUE/FF/PARAMEDIC/LT59620.6000
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LUKASIKAMYTOURISM MARKETING MANAGER58635.2000
COLLORAKRISTENPURCHASING MANAGER58427.2000
LAMMJEFFREYBUILDING INSPECTOR II58156.8000
PALMERSTEPHENFIRE RESCUE FF/ PARAMEDIC57736.9000
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SMITHJERRYFIRE MARSHALL55619.2000
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JENSENJANETADULT DAY CARE PROGRAM MGR54683.2000
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AUSTINKATRINADEO PROJECT MANAGER48027.2000
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HERNANDEZCARLOSVIDEO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR48027.2000
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FARLEYGERARDDRAFTER/CAD TECHNICIAN48006.4000
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LAWRENCEDAVIDFIRE RESCUE FF/ PARAMEDIC47899.8000
MOOREDENNISFIRE RESCUE FF/ PARAMEDIC47899.8000
PARKEYJAREDFIRE RESCUE FF/ PARAMEDIC47899.8000
TITUSRONALDFIRE RESCUE FF/ PARAMEDIC47421.4000
SHILLIDAYAARONCHIEF OF TRADES- CONSTRUCTION47320.0000
CURLEYALBERTFIRE RESCUE FF/ PARAMEDIC47301.8000
LANZAJARRODFIRE RESCUE/FF/PARAMEDIC47032.7000
GERLACHERICCHIEF OF TRADES-GROUNDS &
ATHLETIC FIELDS
46508.8000
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HUTSONJOYCEADULT DAY CARE COOR. SUB45947.2000
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“He’s either at the top or near the top of the range,” Coffey said of Sieger’s salary, downplaying the reality: Sieger’s $112,000 salary is in fact 32 percent above the midpoint of $85,000, according to the salary survey, for similar jobs. “We’re paying higher to some of our department heads because they’re higher-level people in  smaller fishbowl in some capacity, or they bring special skills to the table. We’ve got a stable of all-stars, and I’m trying to keep them, I really believe that.”

The “all-star” designation is of course Coffey’s, not an objective, independent finding.

But it reflects Coffey’s willingness to award salaries at the very top of the “maximum” scales or better (according to the study) to certain chosen employees, while the rank and file must settle for salary adjustments that will bring them in line with the midpoint of the study, not its maximum. That disparity is not usually a good recipe for morale. 

Coffey earlier this year allowed Sherman to “retire” and return the next day at a much higher pay of $149,000 (up from $136,000) as a “contractor” working under a different title, though she is fulfilling uch the same work she did before as deputy. The midrange for her position, according to the salary study: $126,000.

Similarly, Tourism Director Matt Dunn’s $92,000 salary is well above the $74,000 midpoint of the survey and closer to the “maximum,” Coffey’s assistant’s salary of $57,000 was $7,000 above the midpoint, and paralegal Sean Moylan’s $61,000 salary was found to be $12,000 above the midpoint, though Moylan, an attorney, is categorized as a paralegal at that pay while fulfilling roles more closely associated with those of a deputy attorney–a position at a much higher grade of pay, left vacant several years running.

Some positions in Flagler were found to be below market midpoints by the survey, when actual salaries are, in fact, above that midpoint. IT Director Jarrod Shupe’s position, Innovation Technology Director, was found by the survey to be 9 percent below the midrange of $109,000. In fact, Shupe’s current salary of $118,000, according to records provided by the county, shows him well above the midpoint. Same story with Van Eckert’s $120,000 salary, which is $13,500 above the survey’s midpoint range, even though the survey listed her position’s salary locally to be 6 percent below the $106,505 midpoint average.

Other than Commissioner Charlie Ericksen’s question about the airport director, commissioners raised no questions about the employees found to be overpaid.

The second part of the pay plan, which the commission appears ready to approve next year, would consist of pay “adjustments” (that is, raises) for positions found to be below market rates, and the creation of a “step plan” so that every year, an employee in a certain classification would see an automatic raise, over and above cost of living, that reflects experience in that job. The Sheriff’s Office, Bunnell and the School Board have such step plans, which stretch over 20 years. The plan recommended for the county would stretch over 26 years.

“The step plan “gives our employees an opportunity to see that they are going to get some increases,” Flagler’s human resources director, Joe Mayer, said. “We have to keep these memployees, this is a way to start.”

The plan also calls for raising of the minimum pay for county employees from the current $9.72 to $12 an hour rate. The $12 rate is still below the living wage standard for a single adult, according to an MIT calculation, and it falls well below the minimum pay of $14.68 an hour for full-timers in Palm Coast government and most low-wage employees in Bunnell government (who, even at the lowest end of the scale, can cross the $12-threshold after a few years’ experience). But Flagler’s $12 wage will help about 40 employees, among them bus drivers, library assistants, some equipment operators and adult day care workers push their pay across the $25,000-a-year threshold.

Those found to be significantly underpaid, according to the study, are Library Director Holly Albanese, Planning Director Adam Mengel, Public Information Officer Julie Murphy, Benefits Manager Anita Stoker, Purchasing Manager Kristen Collora, Deputy Fire Chief Joe King, and to some extent Emergency Services Manager Jonathan Lord, along with budget analysts, project managers, equipment operators, employees in IT, some mechanics and tradesworkers, and a few EMT’s. Public Lands and Natural Resources Manager Tim Telfer’s job title does not appear on Evergreen’s list, but his $67,000 salary, is significantly below that of managers in other classifications.

Albanese’s and Mengel’s $79,000 salary is 21 and 17 percent below the midpoint for those positions. King’s current salary of $77,800 is 24 percent below the midrange salary of $91,000. Most of the county’s firefighter-paramedics are at or slightly above market pay, with salaries in the $42,700 to $45,600 range. Murphy’s $48,000 salary, reflecting substantial recent raises, is almost 20 percent below the market’s mid-point, though when Murphy was hired to replace Carl Laundrie, Laundrie’s position was split into two positions, at lower salaries (but a higher total), so the county could expand its PR and marketing reach. The salary range for those positions three years ago was $33,000 to $38,000. Laundrie was earning $62,500 when he retired.

The county hired Tallahassee-based Evergreen Solutions for $38,500 to conduct the salary study. (The company has been paid $28,875 so far.) Evergreen surveyed pay scales in 11 Florida counties and seven cities and based its recommendations for Flagler on minimum, midpoint and maximum averages of wages paid within each job classification in those governments, while adjusting for Flagler’s cost of living, based on University of Florida data. Evergreen presented its findings to the county commission at a workshop last week.

Local governments frequently hire such companies to provide an ostensibly objective analysis of pay scales, though the companies rarely if ever return a study that does not recommend raises: the studies provide political cover for local agencies to go ahead with what usually results in substantial pay increases, which then feed into the data stream that the same companies use to justify further pay raises in other “peer” agencies. Evergreen over the past few years conducted studies for the Highlands County School Board, Highlands County government, Hernando County government, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Key West government, among others, all of which led to pay increases. Highlands and Marion counties were among the respondents to Evergreen’s survey for Flagler.

The governments surveyed for the Flagler study were Alachua, Sumter, Bay, Volusia, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Santa Rosa, Seminole and St. Johns counties, and Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Coast, Port Orange, and St. Augustine.

“There’s no perfect system,” Coffey said, “this gets us a lot further, a lot closer, to where we should be.”

“Conceptually this is taking us in the right direction,” County Commissioner Don O’Brien said. Millennials, he said, “need to be a key component in our thought process because the workforce is going to turn over, they have different needs and we need to be prepared for that.”

Coffey was effusive in his thanks to commissioners at the end of the workshop. “Thank you very much commissioners, this is very much appreciated on behalf of the employees. Again, they’ve worked a lot through the downturn, they do a tremendous amount of projects you’re going to hear me talk about during my budget presentation tomorrow, but it starts at the top, you are essentially our board of directors, and thank you for giving us this opportunity, thank you for allowing us to do this study and make these changes.”

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16 Responses for “Pay Disparity: Many Flagler Government Employees Paid Less While Several “All Stars” Are Overpaid”

  1. mark101 says:

    And so it continues, the fleecing of Flagler County Tax Payers.

  2. just me says:

    Of course even the WAY overpaid “ALL STARS” will get a raise. How about holding the line on them and NOT spending it or giving it to some of the actual workers.

  3. Lnzc says:

    Ridiculous salaries to top people
    The 12.00 hour people has to pay same as these rich ones are for things
    Flagler is a poor county
    None should be paid over 75,000

  4. palmcoaster says:

    Just Sally Sherman example shows the Tramponian style good old boy network in this county. Be faithful to me no matter if I do right or wrong and I will reward you.

  5. Mark says:

    Pay is backwards. The “elite” rake it in and the peons get peanuts. Cut the top pay and raise the peon’s pay! First step for social justice and equal income. But, of course we worry about some bozo called Anonymous. Go figure.

  6. Concerned Citizen says:

    It’s about time that raises were given. I am sure most are long over due and well deserved. I can remember how hard they worked to keep the Airport Director and how quickly they let Kevin Guthrie go. I guess being a Yes Man in this County really pays off.

    It must be nice to “retire” then go back to work the next day doing the same thing with a different title. Craig Coffey must think we are stupid not to realize what was done. It’s just a shame nothing was done about it.

  7. Joe says:

    City of Flagler beach is doing the same thing this is Ridiculous

  8. Dave says:

    No one working for the county should be making more than 70k a year. Palm Coast is a small poor town, that is why people come here to retire. Because even poor people can live decent and feel richer than they really are.

  9. Lou says:

    How ma y of the taxpayers use the Flagler County airport? How much income does it generate for FC?
    Ex. Commissioner . Meaker said, “growth don’t pay pay for itself.
    Lots of money to be saved.

  10. Anonymous says:

    These county commissioners are a bunch of whimps. When will the do the right things for the employees? It makes you wonder what Cofey has on them. Things that make you go hmmm.

  11. 107 says:

    Craig Coffey again spoon fed the BOCC and compares Hillsborough County with that of Flagler when Hillsborough has a population of 1.41 MILLION and Flagler is barely 100,000 and the dumb county commissioners who are not qualified to be in their positions bought his scheme. Why were the Petito’s, Bob Attack (who left a good job making less in another county to come to Flagler–hand picked) Joe Mayer and other’s not included in the study when all are employees of the BOCC? The BOCC is being led around by the nose by Craig Coffey and Al Hadeed and both individuals are raping us tax payers and need to be fired. We can get better at a lower cost. It is insane that the BOCC is bumping up all salaries and not adjusting those that are out of line. If those people don’t like it then let them leave and get new blood in here. There are too many people qualified that want to work and will do us a better job at a lower cost. It is no wonder why our taxes keep raising. This is why Nate McLaughlin had to go and why Greg Hansen has to go. Dennis McDonald and Jane Youd need to be elected—they are good honest people and hopefully will undo some of the corruption around here and fire Hadeed and Coffey right away to put the out of control madness to an end. This has all gone on for way too long and the county workers who do the grunt work are treated so poorly. We have so many engineers on the county payroll and yet they keep outsourcing engineer work. We tax payers paid for Faith to go to school for accounting and yet that has never been revealed and paying for that education was hidden in general ledger accounts and the BOCC either didn’t care or didn’t notice. Why do we need an engineer to be an accountant? This all reeks and we can only hope that we will get rid of the BOCC members that are in office because it is evident they are NOT doing their job and letting Craig Coffey and AL Hadeed run the show. I guess all of this means too that Sally Sherman will get more money. Isn’t it interesting how the BOCC let all that blow over and let Craig Coffey get away with that robbery too? Everyone of the sitting county commissioners are responsible for that one!!!!!!

  12. Elvis says:

    It’s always easy to spend other people’s money.

  13. snapperhead says:

    “Coffey defended the raises, as when he addressed a question about Sieger, the airport director whom the county kept aboard with an 11 percent raise to nearly match the $118,000 salary he had been offered in Hillsborough County. The big increase for Al-Khatib’s position, bringing her salary to $150,000, was likewise designed to match pay she was being offered in Volusia. The midpoint for that position, according to the salary survey, is $117,000.”

    So Coffey’s justification for overpaying his “all stars” is because he’s trying to match the pay of counties 5 to 12 times larger than Flagler. And what exactly are the accomplishments, and special skills these “all stars” possess, that justifies being overpaid. I say let them go..no one is irreplaceable. Like the Con-servatives in DC, the local ones just rubber stamp additional spending no questions asked.

  14. Anonymous says:

    The BOCC needs to wake up and reorganize!! This is unacceptable and a reflection of poor stewards of tax payers mo ey. Craig Coffey has been intentionally misleading the BOCC to put pawns in places he wants them to be. Coffey and Hadeed need to be fired immediately-Flagler County can’t afford them. We may not be able to vote them out if office but we sure as hell can vote the commissioners out of office that condone their scheming, and we have shown that by firing Revels, Hanns, McLaughlin and soon to fire Hansen in November!

  15. just me says:

    So other then a 3% raise will a worker in the county get if they are making $14 or less an hour and have been there YEARS???

  16. just me says:

    So out of the 384 total employees on this list the top ten are getting almost 10% of the total of moneys given out. the bottom ten will get SH** in comparison. Those at the top who are ALREADY well overpaid get some 3-6k more a years and the worker will get less then 1K. Way to go Flagler County in looking after your rank and file.

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