Wichita police officers paid more than you think


Despite the rhetoric we hear about police officers being grossly underpaid, people employed by the Wichita Police Department in 2014 were making more than you might think.

Of the 836 people employed by the department’s $83 million budget, only nine members of the top brass were paid over $100,000.

Another 23 high ranking officers were paid between $90,000 and $99,999.

70 officers were paid between $80,000 and $89,999.

78 officers were paid between $70,000 and $79,999.

221 officers were paid between $60,000 and $69,999.

147 officers were paid between $50,000 and $59,999.

66 officers were paid between $40,000 and $49,999.

And only 64 officers were paid under $40,000, many of whom did not work the entire year.

The total number of employees we were able to identify 2014 salaries for was 678. Personnel employed in secretarial and other support positions are not readily identifiable as employees of the department, so their salaries are not included.

These are the ranks and salaries of the employees making over $90,000 annually:

Captain John Bannister

$123,924.96

Interim Chief Nelson Mosely

$120,265.01

Sergeant Jeffrey Swanson

$107,309.39

Deputy Chief John Speer

$105,467.86

Deputy Chief Hassan Ramzah

$105,082.71

Lieutenant Todd Ojile

$104,557.99

Lieutenant Kevin Mears

$103,276.26

Lieutenant Paul Shields

$101,11.64

Lieutenant Kevin Vaughn

$100,141.81

Sergeant Donald Story

$96,099.46

Detective Ronald Trollope

$95,355.64

Lieutenant Mitchell Dunbar

$95,294.91

Sergeant Michael O’Brien

$95,113.64

Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler

$94,561.06

Captain Michael Allred

$94,544.55

Detective Jason Miller

$93,990.41

Detective Bryan Martin

$93,863.63

Captain Troy Livingston

$93,838.45

Lieutenant Randall Reynolds

$93,697.16

Captain Scott Heimerman

$93,649.88

Lieutenant Steven Kenney

$93,645.49

Lieutenant Jeffrey Allen

$93,215.98

Captain Jeffrey Weible

$93,128.81

Captain Russell Leeds

$92,835.65

Lieutenant Christopher Halloran

$92,115.19

Lieutenant Clark Wiemeyer

$91,645.47

Lieutenant Richard Brunow

$91,561.46

Captain Brian White

$91,306.52

Captain Douglas Nolte

$91,282.09

Lieutenant Clay Germany

$90,467.15

Sergeant Michael Thode

$90,333.70

Captain Daniel East

$90,086.08

It is important to note that this data is from 2014. Some of these officers may have new ranks, and slightly different salaries. All data derived from kansasopengov.org

2 thoughts on “Wichita police officers paid more than you think

  1. I believe the argument is that Wichita officers receive sub-standard pay compared to similar sized departments in this part of the country.

  2. funny…. those officers fall under federal wage and overtime laws. When they are on 15 hour long SWAT call-outs, Bomb calls, or homicides, they get time and one half overtime pay. there is no way around paying them according to the law. Also, all of them have been on the department 20+ years which means they are topped out in pay, so their overtime rate is probably $70 or $75 an hour. This pay/wages are in line with what officers receive across the country. You won’t get qualified, educated and dedicated people to work in law enforcement for minimum wage?!?

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