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November 11, 2013

Minn. law gives peek at top local salaries


“We don’t have anything to hide,” said Prior Lake City Manager Frank Boyles. “We try to make it in a font size that people can read. Some of them require your cheaters to be able to read.”

Indeed, several city and county notices appear in ultra-small type at the very bottom of a website as if they were fine-print disclaimers.Some local governments put their own twist on the notices.

Willmar distributes three lists. One covers Rice Hospital, which is owned by the city and where the top employee earned just shy of $400,000. A second tracks the Willmar Municipal Utility, which pays its general manager $118,934. The third addresses more standard city roles, such as the city administrator, who makes $118,750.

In St. Cloud, the published notices reflect actual pay for the year before, computing regular wages, overtime and other compensation. So in 2012, the roster contained the city administrator’s $123,737 total compensation package along with two police lieutenants who cracked the top three because of overtime and other pay.

A few counties present multiple lists to distinguish between top pay for elected positions and jobs involving appointments.

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