10 Highest-Paid Madison Employees in 2013

Borough Administrator Ray Codey was the lone non-police officer among the top-10 earners last year.

Nine of the 10 highest-paid Madison employees in 2013 were members of the borough police department.

The Madison Borough Council recently released a five-year study of employee gross pay. The findings are detailed on the municipal website in two reports, one by department and the other arranged by gross income for all employees. Employees who no longer work for the borough have been excluded from the lists.

Police Sgt. John S. Keymer was Madison's highest-paid employee last year with a total income of $177,804.97. The five-year analysis shows Keymer earned $155,138.09 in 2009 and went from $149,506.45 in 2011 to $186,551.13 in 2012 before earning nearly $9,000 less in 2013.

The data shows gross earnings that include base salary plus any step increases, longevity raises, overtime, standby pay and special duty compensation, according to the municipal website.

Borough Administrator Ray Codey, who ranked third at $159,156.95 in 2013, was the only non-police officer in the top-10. Chief Financial Officer Robert Kalafut was 11th with an income of $136,518 last year.

Darren Dachisen, who was promoted in 2013 to police chief, ranked 17th with a total compensation of $129,904.17. Dachisen, as a lieutenant, earned $147,559.49 in 2012.

Fire Chief Lou De Rosa ranked 18th with an income of $128,605.01 in 2013.

Here are the top-10 highest-paid Madison employees for 2013:
  1. Police Sgt. John S. Keymer, $177,804.97
  2. Police Lt. Dennis C. Lam, $176,376.29
  3. Borough Administrator Raymond M. Cody, $159,156.95
  4. Police Patrolman Carmine J. De Caro, $156,269.40
  5. Police Detective Paul J. Kosakowski, $146,610.70
  6. Police Sgt. James C. Cavezza, $146,053.42
  7. Police Sgt. John R. Miscia, $145,527.44
  8. Police Detective Kenneth R. Shannon, $140,779.67
  9. Police Sgt. Sean T. Plumstead, $136,692.76
10. Police Sgt. Craig W. Perrelli Jr., $136,590.44
MaxDuPont February 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Clearly, fear sells and sells well. After 9/11 if DHS can rake in unlimited taxpayer dollars, why shouldn't MPD partake in the feast? Our emergency volunteers (read that, VOLUNTEERS), electric utility workers and firefighters - all heroes, can fend for themselves, while these moochers feed off the trough.
BeardedMike February 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM
'moochers?' Please explain Max.
MaxDuPont February 11, 2014 at 06:12 PM
@BeardedMike: Did you see the list. 9 out of 10 highest paid employees are police officers. Not one of them deserves to earn a penny more than a Madison teacher or firefighter or utility worker who have managed emergencies so well the last few years. This list simply shows that our priorities are upside down.
BeardedMike February 11, 2014 at 08:08 PM
So not only are they 'moochers' but they are also 'undeserving?' I see where you're coming from Max. They just sit around all day and eat donuts, right? What do the other employees have to do with it? Next time there's a drug bust send a teacher to handle it? Have one of the utility guys respond to the next domestic violence call? I see where you're coming from Max. You're coming through loud and clear.
Fredo B. IV February 11, 2014 at 08:55 PM
I'm a bit confused....I thought the Borough Administrator was the highest paid, salaried employee? If that is the case, why are these police officers making so much more than him? Is this their contracted salaries? Is this reported income include overtime? If so, perhaps it would be helpful to know what makes up this figure and to have a more clear picture of this disclosure.....nothing like transparency!
MaxDuPont February 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM
@BeardedMike: Don't get off the rails and try to ascribe ridiculous statements to me that I never made. Stick to the point if you can, and don't take this personally. Police officers do their jobs and do it well. I simply refuse to believe that they deserve the outrageously high salaries compared with other outstanding public servants who, in the long run, make a greater impact on our society. And, yes, when I see police officers making ridiculous amounts of money simply so they can "retire" by 40 into a second career while drawing a pension that is determined by their last few years of salary - well, that's enough to make any sensible person's blood boil. As for the "they put their lives on the line" argument, that's the pathetic ruse of a charlatan. Especially when we see our young soldiers and their families underpaid and neglected. Compared to them, MPD are fat cats feeding off the trough in a rich, safe community.
BeardedMike February 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Hey Max - I looked back at the thread, not sure where I 'ascribed ridiculous statements' to you. I don't need to do so, you do that real well on your own. You're the guy that called police officers 'moochers' and insinuated they were 'less deserving.' And I'm not taking it personally. I'm not a cop. I just think your argument is ridiculous and demeaning of what cops actually do.
BeardedMike February 11, 2014 at 11:14 PM
And also Max: I don't blame you, necessarily, for, being upset at these numbers. The report is a little misleading. You're probably not aware that the borough is reimbursed by the county and the utilities for the hours the officers staff road work jobs. Those hours are included in their salary, but the borough gets that money back. Isn't it interesting that isn't clearly stated in the report? You are probably not aware that there is more of a need for overtime because the PD is still under staffed. If we had more officers our need for overtime would decrease. I don't blame you for not knowing these things. I do blame you for the name calling, though, because you actually did that.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III February 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Police officers need to be paid well since we don't want them wanting for money - historically, bad things happen when police are underpaid. Need to keep them focused and free of temptation. Plus, it is the right thing to do.
Bob February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Simple solution !!! Go apply and work for the police department and dpw so you can make the same amount as them
BeardedMike February 12, 2014 at 11:20 AM
No! It's not that simple Bob! We have to complain! We have to demonize these men and women that work to keep us safe! We have to begrudge them the money they work for. We have to make false comparisons with soldiers in combat, and insinuate that because Madison is one of the '10 safest towns' in NJ, our cops DON'T have a dangerous job. When people point that out, we refer to them as charlatans. We have to call cops fat cats, and moochers, and undeserving when they work extra hours for extra pay! How dare they? Then, we have to try to pit other public employees against them. Ugh. Disgusting.
MaxDuPont February 12, 2014 at 01:41 PM
I like what Aladdin wrote, keep the police happy and overfed so they wont be tempted into mischief. Same principle as the mafia, I would think. Clearly there is nothing Madisonians fear more than fear itself. Taxpayer money that should be educating our children instead feeds the police department. No wonder we have so many good private schools in NJ and mediocre public schools in comparison.
Patrick Franklin February 12, 2014 at 06:54 PM
The Police probably work endless hours of overtime to reach these salaries. Hire more Police to avoid overtime costs, or let the veterans make overtime. Or you could just complain like most people here…...


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