Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone was the highest paid worker in the municipality for 2013, making $163,665 — a 2.75 percent increase from $158,543 in 2012.
"The chief executive runs the town and is responsible for all the agencies," Petrone said. "It's like the head of any company is at the highest pay level."
The increase represented Petrone's first raise in five years, and was in line with that given to the town's blue-collar workers, town spokesman A.J. Carter said. The salary makes Petrone the highest paid town or city executive on Long Island.
Deputy Supervisor Patricia Del Col was the second-highest paid Huntington employee at $151,474.
Huntington had a minor uptick in payroll spending in 2013, with a total $58.9 million — roughly $345,000 more than in 2012.
"The overtime did go down in 2013 by about $1.3 million," said Peter Leodis, deputy comptroller for Huntington. "That sort of stabilized our payroll."
While the total payroll spending went up, the average pay per worker decreased slightly to $32,654 in 2013, compared with $32,863 in 2012.
The town added 22 workers in 2013, bringing the total to 1,803, including part-time and seasonal workers. Overtime accounted for 5.25 percent of the total payroll expenses, a decrease from 7.62 percent in 2012.
Executive Assistant Highway Supervisor David McLuckie made the most in overtime — $42,187 in 2013, bringing his total salary to $147,401. He was followed by Chief Fire Marshal Terence McNally, who was paid $41,449 in overtime, boosting his 2013 total pay to $146,138.
Carter said McLuckie's overtime was almost entirely related to overseeing superstorm Sandy relief work. McNally's overtime was related to Sandy in some cases, but primarily attributable to being the chief marshal, and being required to respond to any fires that result in potential structural damage.
The cost of Huntington's workforce in 2013 amounted to $286 per resident, slightly more than the $284 the year before.