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Baby Stealing Champion

October 8, 2008 permalink

Lance Harvey deserves the title baby-stealing champion. In his job as caseworker for child protective services he is the highest paid non-management employee of Schenectady County New York. In one year he earned $133,244.



Schenectady County's top paid non-manager made $133G

SCHENECTADY — A caseworker in the Schenectady County child protective unit earned $133,244 in 2007 — more than 2 1/2 times his base salary, making him the highest paid non-management employee that year.

The second highest paid non-management employee was a corrections officer at the county jail who earned $126,187. His 2007 payroll also was 2 1/2 times his base salary.

Rounding out the top five were two more corrections officers and a supervising nurse at the Glendale Home.

The Daily Gazette requested a list of the highest paid non-management employees for 2007 who earned more than $75,000 through a request under the Freedom of Information Law.

Caseworker Lance Harvey’s current salary is $52,927. It includes a 5 percent premium related to his responsibilities. The county hired him in 1990.

Dennis Packard, commissioner of the county’s Department of Social Services, said Harvey earned the extra money through overtime.

“He carries a caseload and goes out and investigates at night, weekends and on holidays,” he said.

The child protective unit must be able to respond to complaints 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Packard said. To meet this responsibility, the unit maintains rotational and on-call systems.

Packard said Harvey “is someone who is willing to be part of rotation.” People assigned to the rotation received special training and the 5 percent bonus to investigate child abuse and neglect, he said.

Source: Schenectady Daily Gazette

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