Chief Bill Lynch explains why his salary in 2010 tops the list at city hall

The highest-earning municipal employee in St. Thomas in 2010 was St. Thomas police Chief Bill Lynch, who earned $157,133, up from $135,424 the previous year.

In addition the number of members of the St. Thomas Police Service who earned in access of $100,000 in 2010 more than doubled to 13, from six in 2009.

City Scope talked to Lynch on Friday, the same day the figures were published in the Times-Journal, to ascertain what is behind the substantial increase in his salary and the swelling of the ranks in the so-called sunshine club with police officers.

“Probably the single biggest reason – last year’s salaries have a lot of retroactivity in them from 2009,” Lynch explained.

” A lot of that is what puts them over. Retroactive pay from 2009 because the contract did not get settled until around August of 2010.”

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