Former interim City Manager Dana Souza topped the list of Naples highest paid

Three dozen city officials made at least $100,000 per year with the highest…

Former interim City Manager Dana Souza topped the list of Naples highest paid 1

Former interim City Manager Dana Souza was the city of Naples’ highest paid official in 2021 with another 36 employees earning $100,000 or more, according to city data.

The city of Naples had 455 non-temporary employees on payroll costing the city more than $28 million annually as of Nov. 15, data provided by the city shows. Forty six additional employees were seasonal such as lifeguards and staff assigned to parks.

Souza was making $206,000 annually before he resigned to became city manager on Sanibel Island. Fire Chief Pete DiMaria and Police Chief Tom Weschler were the next highest paid officials at $165,467 each.

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DiMaria became interim city manager effective Nov. 6 following the resignation of Souza. DiMaria’s new salary is $206,000. 

Employees earning $100,000 or more annually were 8% of all non-temporary staff and they represented less than half of a percent of all the money the city spends to pay employees who work year round.

Naples’ highest paid city officials on payroll as of Nov. 15 were:

  1. Dana Souza, interim city manager: $206,000
  2. Peter DiMaria, fire chief: $165,467
  3. Thomas Weschler, police chief: $165,467
  4. Robert Middleton, director of utilities: $159,120
  5. Gary Young, director of finance: $159,120
  6. Gregg Strakaluse, director of streets and stormwater: $151,060
  7. Craig Mole, director of building services: $151,060
  8. Charlotte O’Bryon, director of human resources: $145,600
  9. Erica Martin, director of planning: $145,600
  10. Matthew Fletcher, police assistant chief: $141,487
  11. Robert Montagano, police assistant chief: $141,487
  12. Philip Pennington, fire rescue deputy chief: $141,487

Source: City of Naples

Gregg Strakaluse, director of streets and stormwater, resigned effective Dec. 10, said Monique Barnhart, the city’s spokeswoman.


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