Which town pays its employees more - Oro Valley or Marana?
The Arizona Daily Star sought to answer that question by doing a public-records request for the information.
Here's what we found:
• Oro Valley generally pays more to employees in key positions.
• Oro Valley pays better for the positions of town manager, police chief, public information officer and finance director, among other jobs.
• Marana pays its Town Council members more than twice what Oro Valley pays.
Marana's population is about 37,000 and its median household income is $66,841. The town has 319.33 full-time equivalent employees, and the median income for town employees in 2012 was $46,042.25.
Oro Valley's population is about 41,000 and its median household income is $71,628. The town currently has 330.69 full-time equivalent employees, and the median income for town employees in 2012 was $40,193.83.
A couple of notes: A pair of Oro Valley Town Council members took office midway through fiscal year 2012 so received only a half-year's pay. Also, all the figures here include total earnings, not just base salaries.
Oro Valley Marana
Craig Civalier, (retired)
Other six-figure earners
Philip Saletta, water utility director, Oro Valley, $133,155.78
George Dunscomb, magistrate judge, Oro Valley, $120,947.28
Larry Stevens, deputy police chief, Oro Valley, $120,164.18
Ainsley Legner, director of parks, recreation, library and cultural resources, Oro Valley, $111,075.58*
Paul Keesler, director of development and infrastructure service, Oro Valley, $110,582.33**
Tobin Sidles, town prosecutor, Oro Valley, $114,054.86
Kenneth Larter, police commander, Oro Valley, $106,260.42
Aaron Lesuer, police commander, Oro Valley, $106,260.45
Shirley Seng, water utility administrator, Oro Valley, $100,584.59
*Retired. Kristy Diaz-Trahan has taken over the position, which is now called director of parks and recreation. Diaz-Trahan is slated to make $91,000 this year.
**Keesler has assumed retired town engineer Craig Civalier's responsibilities. The vacancy left by Civalier is still being evaluated.
Frank Cassidy, town attorney, Marana, $140,158.79
Del Post, deputy town manager, Marana, $130,398.87
Charles Davies, town magistrate, Marana, $104,844.49
Carl Drescher, technology services director, Marana, $104,526.73
Jane Fairall, deputy town attorney, Marana, $103,853.75
Reuben Nunez, police captain, Marana, $102,727.46