Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Fire Department Compensation Far Higher than Private Sector's: Study
Councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Lorie Zapf today (April 21) released a study that purports to show that Fire Department compensation is far higher than comparable -- the key word is "comparable" -- jobs in the private sector. The two councilmembers say that salaries plus fringe benefits in the City Fire Department are 137% to 325% higher than private sector benchmarks -- namely pay/fringes of private sector ambulance employees with similar qualifications. Opponents can be expected to claim these are not apples to apples comparisons.