Winnebago County government has been in the news recently because of massive budget cuts announced by the county board for all departments of county government, including the sheriff's department.  The highest cost of government is employee salaries and benefits.  Did you know 46 employees in Winnebago county government make over $100,000 a year? 23 of them work for the sheriff's dept.

Earlier today it was announced to fill a massive budget shortfall, the sheriff's dept would have to layoff 80 employees.

The county board is asking that $4 million be cut from the sheriff's budget alone to meet the budget shortfall. Many of the positions that are being cut by Sheriff Caruana are those who earn lower salaries. However, numbers don't lie, and many have argued that instead of cutting the positions of lower paid employees, how about laying off those at the top of the salary ladder?

So, we did some research and found out that many Winnebago county employees are very well compensated by the taxpayers. The list includes 23 sheriff's department employees, many who make over $100K a year.

Keep in mind the average median Household income in Winnebago County is $49,578.

Here is a list of the 46 Winnebago County Employees who make over $100,000 a year  (Source: Better Government.org)

Joseph PBruscato$166,507.98STATES ATTORNEYWinnebago CountySTATE'S ATTORNEY
Karen LSorensen$149,282.90PUBLIC DEFENDERWinnebago CountyPUBLIC DEFENDER
Michael AHolan$148,854.94EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - FPWinnebago CountyFOREST PRESERVE ADMINISTRATION
Marilyn JHite Ross$142,836.46DEPUTY STATE'S ATTORNEYWinnebago CountySTATE'S ATTORNEY
David JKurlinkus$142,836.46DEPUTY STATE'S ATTORNEYWinnebago CountySTATE'S ATTORNEY
Kurt KDitzler$140,955.36CHIEF DEPUTYWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Sandra LMartell$140,004.80PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATORWinnebago CountyHEALTH DEPARTMENT GRANTS
Michael ASchultz$134,544.54DEPUTY CHIEFWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Scott DMeyers$134,544.54DEPUTY CHIEFWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Donald JGasparini$134,544.54DEPUTY CHIEFWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Joseph AVanderwerff$133,407.04COUNTY ENGINEERWinnebago CountyCOUNTY HIGHWAY
Dominick ABarcellona$132,141.88DEPUTY CHIEFWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Steven MChapman$128,607.18COUNTY ADMINISTRATORWinnebago CountyCOUNTY BOARD
Mark TKarner$128,553.10CHIEF DEPUTYWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
David JDoll$127,729.42ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDERWinnebago CountyPUBLIC DEFENDER
Gary LCaruana$116,591.54COUNTY SHERIFFWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Edward ALight$116,524.46ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDERWinnebago CountyPUBLIC DEFENDER
F JamesBrun$116,391.08ASSISTANT STATE'S ATTORNEYWinnebago CountySTATE'S ATTORNEY
Thomas GLawson$114,630.36CHIEF DEPUTY CIRCUIT CLERKWinnebago CountyCIRCUIT CLERK
Stephen PDepauw$113,897.68LIEUTENANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Timothy HOwens$113,247.94JAIL SHIFT SUPERVISORWinnebago CountyCOUNTY JAIL
Anthony LMiceli$111,863.96LIEUTENANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Wayne IVlk$111,847.32ASSISTANT COUNTY ENGINEERWinnebago CountyCOUNTY HIGHWAY
David PPeterson$111,513.48ADMINISTRATOR HUMAN SERVICESWinnebago CountyHUMAN RESOURCES
William DEmmert$111,218.12ASSISTANT STATE'S ATTORNEYWinnebago CountySTATE'S ATTORNEY
Wendell RCoates$108,844.84ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDERWinnebago CountyPUBLIC DEFENDER
Robert FRedmond$108,300.40ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY JAIL
Candy LManning$105,960.92HEALTH CARE SUPERVISORWinnebago CountyRVR BLFF NURSING ADMIN
Michael CRock$104,744.90DEPUTY STATE'S ATTORNEYWinnebago CountySTATE'S ATTORNEY
Debbie LMiller$104,543.14UNIT COORDINATORWinnebago CountyRVR BLFF NURSING ADMIN
Charles KCastelein$104,365.30VETERINARIANWinnebago CountyANIMAL SERVICES
Brian JHarrison$103,546.56SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Robert LSwank$103,546.56SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Douglas SBushman$103,546.56SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Nicholas CCunningham$103,546.56SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Jason PNewell$103,546.56SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Glenn AHeidenreich$103,546.56SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Thomas WKey$103,153.44JAIL SHIFT SUPERVISORWinnebago CountyCOUNTY JAIL
CarlosMolina$102,568.96CIVIL ENGINEER SENIORWinnebago CountyCOUNTY HIGHWAY
Peter JDalpra$101,697.44SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Thomas EBrimhall$101,697.44SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Jason AFrizzell$101,697.44SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Joseph KBoomer$101,697.44SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Tami LGoral$101,431.72EXEC ASSISTANT TO THE SHERIFFWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Thomas JWalsh$101,151.96SUPERVISOR OF ASSESSMENTSWinnebago CountySUPERVISOR OF ASSESSMENTS
Harold VHawkinson$100,820.20DIRECTOR OF COURT SERVICESWinnebago CountyCHIEF PROBATION
Tammie LStanley$97,999.46SERGEANTWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Pamela KGentner$97,259.24NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORWinnebago CountyRVR BLFF ADMIN & BUSINESS OFF
James RPuckett$96,486.52FACILITY SECURITY DIRECTORWinnebago CountyCOUNTY SHERIFF
Prafull MSoni$95,997.72CIVIL ENGINEER SENIORWinnebago CountyCOUNTY HIGHWAY

These figures represent salaries and do not include taxpayer funded pension contributions and insurance, which substantially inflate these numbers. These numbers are also cited on the official Winnebago county government page. Salaries and compensation of government workers, by law,  are required to be available to the public.

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