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Fire, Police Chiefs’ Salaries Beat Governors’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The salaries of many of the police and fire chiefs in the Washington region outpace the earnings of their states’ governors.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is the region’s highest-paid top cop with a $253,000 annual salary. Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger’s $216,600 salary comes in second.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers is the region’s highest-paid firefighter, with $190,000. He makes just $3,000 more than D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and $15,000 more than Fairfax County’s Fire Chief Ronald Mastin.

By comparison, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley makes $150,000 — less than all but one top public safety official in the area.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell earns $175,000 annually.

While some criticize such high salaries, some officials say they are key to attracting top candidates for tough posts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. RavenLude says:

    as they should. they are career minded, hard working leaders, not crooked power hungry manipulating career politicians.
    those salaries are only a piece of what the politicians truly make. they are crooks, especially o’doucemalley

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