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El Paso County's top-paid employee: $225K

Monday, Mar 02, 2009, 02:43PM CST
By Jennifer Peebles
Seventy El Paso County workers made six figures in calendar year 2007 -- and a few other county workers put in enough overtime to nearly double their regular pay.

Those are among the findings of Texas Watchdog's review of county salary data, which it obtained through the state public information act. Click here to search our database of pay data for county workers making $85,000 and up.

The most highly paid worker in the county was the medical examiner, who made $225,805.86. Meanwhile, the county's biggest overtime earner -- tallying up OT by percentage of regular pay -- was Juan Cervantes, a jail guard for the county sheriff's department who made more than $90,000 by working enough overtime to nearly double his regular salary of $47,707.

He wasn't the only jail guard pulling down big bucks making overtime, Texas Watchdog found.

Eighty-seven Sheriff's Department workers, most of them jail guards, made 30 percent or more of their regular pay in overtime. The total amount of overtime pay for them alone came to just under $1.5 million. Considering that the county's lowest paid detention officer made not quite $31,000 that year, $1.5 million in OT could have paid the salaries of some 48 other jail guards.

For more details, read Texas Watchdog's complete story at El Paso's Newspaper Tree.

Search the database of El Paso County workers making $85,000 and up
Editor's note: Job titles are presented here exactly as they were listed in the database provided by the county, and many of them are abbreviated.






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