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.
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:
- Dana Souza, interim city manager: $206,000
- Peter DiMaria, fire chief: $165,467
- Thomas Weschler, police chief: $165,467
- Robert Middleton, director of utilities: $159,120
- Gary Young, director of finance: $159,120
- Gregg Strakaluse, director of streets and stormwater: $151,060
- Craig Mole, director of building services: $151,060
- Charlotte O’Bryon, director of human resources: $145,600
- Erica Martin, director of planning: $145,600
- Matthew Fletcher, police assistant chief: $141,487
- Robert Montagano, police assistant chief: $141,487
- 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.