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

Mayor

$12,572.56

Satish Hiremath

$26,731.98

Ed Honea

Town Council

$5,317.77

Brendan Burns

$9,925.94

William Garner

$9,925.94

Joe Hornat

$9,925.94

Lou Waters

$5,317.77

Mike Zinkin

$20,935.80

Dave Bowen

$21,203.78

Patti Comerford

$20,935.80

Herb Kai

$20,935.80

Carol McGorray

$20,935.80

Jon Post

$20,903.74

Roxanne Ziegler

Publicity/public information

$73,289.17

Misti Nowak

$64,204.23

Rodney Campbell

Town manager

$157,907.52

Greg Caton

$156,841.05

Gilbert Davidson

Police chief

$144,169.14

Daniel Sharp

$130,792.06

Terry Rozema

Town engineer

$120,865.41

Craig Civalier, (retired)

$102,431.42

Keith Brann

Finance director

$123,109.34

Stacey Lemos

$114,717.59

Erik Montague

Other six-figure earners

ORO VALLEY

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.

MARANA

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