Eye on your tax dollars: Loudoun County’s top public salaries
As of 2016, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams held the highest taxpayer-funded position, earning $253,000.
The average LCPS teacher salary is roughly $59,108, according to estimates from TeacherSalaryInfo.com.
LCPS’ Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Cynthia Ambrose and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Development Kimberly Hough round out the top three highest-paid school system positions. In 2016, Ambrose earned $180,665 and Hough $176,903 -- a more than 9 percent increase in her salary from the previous year.
This year the highest paid position on the county side is County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, who earns $243,646. Hemstreet came to Loudoun in 2009 from management posts in Miami Beach, Florida, and had a starting salary of $207,000.
In 2015, the previous Board of Supervisors awarded Hemstreet two raises in less than a year. Since last year, the county administrator’s pay has remained unchanged.
Last week, the Board of Supervisors held two rounds of closed session meetings to discuss Hemstreet and County Attorney Leo Rogers’ annual performance reviews. Following the discussions, no salary action was taken.
Rogers is the second highest-paid county position with a salary of $220,000.
According to county spokesperson Glen Barbour, in order for Rogers or Hemstreet to receive a raise -- both considered employees of the Board of Supervisors -- the board must vote in open session to determine if a raise is warranted
After Rogers, county psychiatrist Dr. Muhammad Quidwai from the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services has the highest-paid county position, earning $190,957.
The top-earning constitutional officers in 2017 are Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) earning $185,351 and Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens (R) earning $171,542.
The county spokesperson said salaries of constitutional officers is “largely determined” by the Commonwealth of Virginia and supplemented locally based on “various criteria.” Barbour explained that if the commonwealth offers salary increases, then constitutional officers may receive increases as well.
Barbour said that eligibility for county employee pay raises depends on when funding is available and is determined by their annual evaluations conducted by their supervisors.
Last year county employees received a 2.5 percent pay bump.
Here's a list of the top publicly funded salaries in Loudoun County:
County Administrator Tim Hemstreet: $243,646
County Attorney Leo Rogers: $220,000
Psychiatrist Muhammad Quidwai: $190,957
Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman: $185,351
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System Wide Chief William Keith Brower: $183,716
Deputy County Administrator Charles Yudd: $178,604
Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer: $174,249
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens: $171,875
Commonwealth Attorney James Plowman: $171,542
Asst. County Administrator John Sandy: $166,487
Loudoun County Public Schools
Superintendent Eric Williams: $253,000
Asst. Supt., Instruction Cynthia Ambrose: $180,665
Asst. Supt., Human Resources Kimberly Hough: $176,903
Asst. Supt., Pupil Services Mary Kealy: $176,898
Division Counsel Stephen DeVita: $176,769
Asst. Supt. , Business & Financial Services Edwina Burden: $176,769
Asst. Supt. , Support Services Kevin Lewis: $174,182
Executive Director, Planning Services Sam Adamo: $171,084
Asst. Supt. for Technology Services Richard Contartesi: $171,075
Director of Special Education Services Suzanne Jimenez: $160,937
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