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UPDATED December 6 at 7:45pm

UPDATED December 6 at 9pm

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William E. Cleary | CNBNewsnet

SALARIES OF LOCAL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES—One of our faithful readers submitted for publication the salaries of the 126 public employees working for the City of Gloucester. The average salary is $58,434.45 with the highest salary set at  $114,250. The total payroll amounts to  $7,362,741. 

He also included the salaries of the 390 public employees working for the Gloucester City School Board. The school district employs three principals and five vice-principals. The average employee salary is $55,694.48 with the highest set at $151,152. The school district's total payroll amounts to $21,720,847.

The individual found the data on the Bergen County Dispatch website. The salaries for all New Jersey public
employees, along with the pensions for retired public employees can be viewed there. 

The lists were updated on 6/30/15.

In June, the Gloucester City School Board approved pay raises for 16 administrators. Those new salaries do not appear on the lists that were submitted. As such we have posted them below.

Superintendent   Joseph Rafferty .....                  $ 157,500
Director of C&I    Elizabeth Curry .....                     134,118
Guidance            Joseph DiPartri  ....                      98,635
Vice-principal      Victoria Ernst     ....                    111,878
Vice-Principal      Sarah Foley                                 91,890
Vice-principal      Pat Gismonde                             105,316
Principal             Sean Gorman                              116,394
Pre-School Dir     Norma Gurcsik                              93,728
Technology Dir.    Janet Kauffman                           102,650
Facilities Director  John Kenney                              122,495
Principal               Karen Kessler                            119,763
Vice-principal        Kristen Little                             93,728
Special programs  Nina Longer                              155,450
Vice-principal        R. MacCausland                        110,530
Principal               William O’Kane                          118,885
Bus. Administrator Margaret McDonnell                   147,000

Salaries for all 390 employees click here

RELATED: Gloucester City School Superintendent Receives $5,602 Raise

Since we listed the salaries for school administrators we decided to list the figures for the department heads working for the City of Gloucester. Unlike the Board of Education, the city does not list all of their employees along with their positions on their website. As such we might have missed some department heads. 

City Administrator Jack Lipsett  ....                $112, 655
Municipal Clerk Kathleen Jentsch ....              78,203
Financial Officer Frank Robertson  ....             87,326
Tax Collector Joanne Eddy           ....              74,409
Water Dept. Supt. Fred Schindler ....              97,579
Public Works Supt. Alex Tedesco   ....             74,095
Chief Housing Officer Joe Stecklair  ....           71,447
Police Chief Kenneth Eller          ....                114,250
Deputy Police Chief Michael Morrell  ....          107,292
Police Lieutenant Brian Morrell      ....             106,782
Fire Chief Brian Hagan                  ....            102,507
Fire Marshall Patrick Hagan              ....          84,155
Battalion Chief George Huston     ....               97,186
Battalion Chief Michael Hagan      ....               94,477
Battalion Chief Chas. Sanderson III   ....          93,332
Fire Lieutenant Daniel McGlinsey    ....             85,439
Fire Lieutenant Desmond Chiodi     ....             85,024

Salaries for all 126 employees click here

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THE PLAGUE HAS HIT HOME-A CNB Tipster sent in a link to an article about the heroin epidemic that is plaguing the state of New Jersey. The article, 30 Towns With The Most Heroin Abuse; Gloucester City Is 28th was published by the Gloucester Township Patch on August 17, 2015.

We knew the heroin problem was bad. There is always something in the news about this person being arrested for drug possession or someone dying from an overdose. But, we didn’t realize that this scourge was having such an effect on Gloucester City. Being named in the top 30 communities in the state of New Jersey with the most heroin abuse is worrisome.

From the article:

For some New Jersey counties, heroin abuse was a major factor in a steep increase in drug abuse cases in recent years. In Ocean County, the number of overdoses doubled from 2012 to 2013.

Each year, Patch takes a look at how the drug has not only infested New Jersey’s urban areas, but the more unlikely places where suburban stories of abuse have developed into a sad, profound narrative: Brick, Toms River, Lacey, Lower Township, Millville, Gloucester City and Woodbridge. The statistics come from the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and are based on the number of people seeking treatment for heroin abuse.

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Leonard Campanello, the police chief of our sister city in Gloucester, Massachusetts, has come up with a unique way to handle the increase in opiates and heroin abuse in his community. Instead of arresting drug addicts Campanello is offering amnesty to them. The chief said no heroin addict who entered the police building seeking help — unless they had outstanding warrants — would face charges or arrest. Even if they toted their drugs and paraphernalia. Instead, they would get help. “Our argument was you don’t cut off the head of the snake,” he said. “You cut off its food chain.” 

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ET CETERA—We are working on an article about how much Chatham Square has cost the taxpayers of Gloucester City over the past seven years. Trying to figure out all the documents (photo) we received from our OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request is taking time. As soon as it is finished we will post it.

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