21 Highest Paid Village of Bolingbrook Employees

Salary and benefits information for village of Bolingbrook employees in 2012.

Below are the 21 highest paid village of Bolingbrook employees, excluding police and fire employees (those will be posted in a separate article). 

Editor's note: We post this information because we know it is of interest to our readers, the taxpayers, whose property taxes are a source of income for the village. 

The "Other" category can include contributions such as overtime, pension contributions, bereavement and company car and cell phones, among others. 

About 8 pecent of a Bolingbrook property tax bill goes to the village. The total village levy in 2012 was $16,346,000, according to village documents. 


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    Name Position Base Salary



    Other Total Michael Drey Director of Public Works $123,763.42 $24,832.80 $16,856.51 $165,452.73 Roger Claar Mayor $113,459.92 $14,415.20 $17,755.10 $145,630.22 Dennis Kowalczyk Community Development Director $89,645.65 $22,594.90 $14,911.30 $127,151.85 Thomas Pawlowicz Assistant to the Director of Public Works -- Engineering $97,320.19 $16,690.00 $1,234.86 $115,245.05 Jose Torres Director of Operations, Public Works $95,240.99 $15,717.40 $3,544.72 $114,503.11 James Frasco Foreman Electrical, Public Works $73,602.91 $14,130.60 $22,948.83 $110,682.34 Wade Jacobi Assistant to the Director of Public Works -- Utilities $87,477.09 $19,670.90 $2,010.34 $109,158.33 Brenda Ladipo Human Resources Information Technology Director $78,023.45 $17,753.30 $12,894.08 $108,670.83 Kenneth Enda Foreman Building/Grounds, Public Works $72,400.42 $14,030.70 $20,535.20 $106,966.32 Cruz Herrera Foreman Storm Water/Maintenance, Public Works Wastewater $76,496.54 $12,479.90 $16,530.87 $105,507.31 Daniel Buonamici Building Commissioner, Community Development $87,805.21 $14,415 $1,278.49 $103,498.50 Rosa Cojulun Finance Director $80,133.71 $10,403.80 $11,975.58 $102,513.09 Stephen Miller Foreman Forestry, Public Works $76,873.53 $12,271.20 $11,637.27 $100,782.00 Brian McClure Foreman Fleet, Public Works $74,907.31 $11,767.50 $14,034.29 $100,709.10 Pratik Patel Engineer, Public Works $85,069.82 $11,940.10 $3,311.07 $100,320.99 Michael Gregory Foreman Water Reclamation, Public Works Wastewater $73,019.95 $14,953.70 $12,326.08 $100,299.73 Steven Mataya Foreman Asphalt, Public Works $74,068.21 $13,980.90 $11,133.67 $99,182.78 Anthony Pericone Facilities Superintendent, Public Works $82,734.78 $13,627.90 $2,032.54 $98,395.22 Jose Figueroa Foreman Storm Water Npdes, Public Works Wastewater $75,431.34 $13,153 $8,667.04 $97,251.78 Lucas Rickelman Superintendent of Streets, Public Works $83,949.49 $10,006.70 $1,251.78 $95,207.97 Dale McClannahan Facilities Coordinator, Executive Department $76,019.65 $4,961.00 $2,205.50 $83,186.15


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    Dana Horner January 28, 2013 at 02:30 PM
    they just keep voting themselves raises, they should make pay raises something the pheasants control...
    Moved here in 1968 January 28, 2013 at 03:09 PM
    Where are the funds going towards our Police force that is so badly needed to combat the current up rise in the recent home invasions? Money is also badly needed to increase "Code Enforcement" for more officers to visit neighborhoods....clean things up...inspect slumlord homes…. Where are the law enforcement people? The Dollar totals for Public Works appear insane. 15 out of 21 top incomes are Public Works?
    Snake January 28, 2013 at 05:50 PM
    These salaries are lower than most comunities. Check our nieghors.
    walt scherff January 28, 2013 at 06:48 PM
    Funny - I only see one name on there with the power to affect (or 'vote themselves') wages and benefits - and that's the Mayor --
    James Axtell January 28, 2013 at 06:56 PM
    To Melissa Sersland: Oh, we already know this information is available, in case anybody actually needed it. Why post it on a web page? What good does that do? This is a prime example of way too much information, that actually hurts the community. A better service would be to take this table off your website.
    stef January 28, 2013 at 07:46 PM
    One woman? Seriously? Nice little boyz club Bolingbrook has going!
    Andy January 28, 2013 at 08:28 PM
    I count 2.
    Terry light January 28, 2013 at 08:43 PM
    Thank you for posting this info Melissa, to many taxpayers aren't paying attention to THEIR Local Goverment. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. James how is not posting such info Better for the community? Terry L
    my opinion January 28, 2013 at 09:25 PM
    Why not post it on the web site is a better question. Not everyone knows this information. My question is how many layers does one department need? Look at the Public works group, with salaries that high I'm guessing that they have all been around for a long time. How many were in that dept when a group of public works employees were stealing over $ 500,000 / half a million dollars from the village a few years back? Way too much information???? Just continue to keep your head in the sand.
    James Axtell January 29, 2013 at 01:23 AM
    It used to be known as "common courtesy." On the internet, however, it's the lowest common denominator. Now that you have this information, what are you going to do with it? If you think we don't need smart, well-paid people to do good, important jobs, you'll get what you pay for soon enough. I think the editor needed to show a lot more discretion, that's all. I won't be back anytime soon.
    Maori Tuakana January 29, 2013 at 01:35 AM
    I know we should only care what goes on in our town, but every town/village/city/empire is doing the same thing. The problem is is that it's being allowed. The Director of Public Works is our highest paid official? That's kind of embarrassing and funny, wrapped up into one big party. I love my town dearly, but we really need to start planning a big retirement party. Guests of Honor? That list above.
    Laura V January 29, 2013 at 02:41 AM
    This list is not totally accurate. There are police and fireman making a lot more than this top ten
    Laura V January 29, 2013 at 02:42 AM
    Excuse me I meant bottom ten
    Bill January 29, 2013 at 02:55 AM
    I agree with you 100%! The village code enforcemant is zero. All it would take is one patrol a day to see the large trucks and boats in driveways, the garbage strewn lawns, the unkept houses, the 12 cars crammed in aofur car driveway, etc. it's vey sad to slowly watch the older parts of Bolingbrook turn into a ghetto suburb and the village let it go!
    Laura V January 29, 2013 at 03:21 AM
    Maori, our public works director has been that position for at least thirty years. He built Ty oublic works and they do a fantastic job.
    Joe public January 29, 2013 at 04:06 AM
    Locke January 30, 2013 at 01:42 AM
    Bill- the reason there is no Code Enforcement is because that dept was heavily hit during the layoffs. I believe there are only 2 code officers for the whole town! My Opinion: evryone tied to that scandal was fired and most did prison time for their crimes committed. Those horses are out of the barn!
    Jane Orend January 30, 2013 at 01:59 AM
    Not all of the people on that list are elected, some have to negotiate a new union contract every so many years. Also not all of them are lifers some actually worked up to where they are. You get what you pay for and until you really know what their jobs entail I know, not think, that it's not safe to assume. Oh and by the way a pheasant is a wild game bird.
    Hairy Callahan January 31, 2013 at 03:19 AM
    Keep in mind some of the employees in public works are engineers, electricians, other journeymen.
    Maori Tuakana February 03, 2013 at 01:32 PM
    @Laura V. Not judging his abilities, I'm sure that after 30 years he's just kicking back & overseeing a lot of what he has done. For that I congratulate him. 30 years is a long time, I just feel that by offering a nice retirement package, & putting in some fresh blood, the village may be able to save some money. There are a whole bunch of these old boys out there. Just in case one may think that my opinion may not matter, I am a 36 year resident of Bolingbrook. I've seen the changes, some I like & some disappoint. We need some changes.
    jermaine February 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
    Its nice the way Laura threw fire and police into that mix. We all know police and fire don't deserve it I mean after all saving a heart attack victim are coming to the aid of a child who just got hit by a car doesn't deserve a good pay....lets see how many Laura's respond to Beaconridge the next time someone is over there shooting..
    Buford Pusser February 03, 2013 at 10:04 PM
    Locke no one went to jail/prison on the scandal which did not involve any code enforcement!


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