How Much Should Maryland Heights' Police Chief Make in Salary?
Maryland Heights' new Chief of Police Bill Carson will get paid $113,000 per year. Is that enough or too much?
On Friday, Maryland Heights Patch ran a story that featured newly-sworn-in Maryland Heights Police Chief Bill Carson telling the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he believes the department is the best in the state.
The report was a simple one. But at the tail-end of the story, Patch reported Carson's salary.
The employment agreement indicates Carson will receive an annual base salary of at least $113,000, with an annual increase of $5,000 with "satisfactory performance evaluations."
That news was reported months ago. But a comment made on Maryland Heights Patch sparked another question.
Donna H, a frequent commenter on Maryland Heights Patch, said, "His salary seems low to me, an awful lot of responsiblity. I hope he stays."
According to Indeed.com, a job search engine, the average Missouri police officer makes $40,000 as of January 2013.
Nearby, Randy McKinley, who will begin his job as police chief in St. Charles on Jan. 21 will get an annual paycheck worth $126,000. And Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison, who was hired by the city in January 2012, gets paid $88,000 per year in salary.
So, we ask you: How much should the Maryland Heights police chief make in salary? Is $113,000 not enough or too much?