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2018 city of La Crosse employee salary database

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The city of La Crosse paid close to $36.2 million to city employees in 2018, a 4.5 percent increase from the $34.6 million paid to employees in 2017.

The three highest paid city employees in 2018 were Police Lt. Michael Blokhuis ($141,220), city of La Crosse Attorney Stephen Matty ($133,145) and Police Chief Ron Tischer ($131,223).

In 2017, the three-highest paid city employees were Matty ($129,385) Tischer ($124,149) and Wendy Oestreich, director of human resources ($121,313).


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There were 1,382 employees on the payroll in 2018 to cover 1,393 positions, a 0.44 percent increase from 1,376 employees to cover 1386 positions in 2017. Eleven city of La Crosse employees held two positions within the city during 2018, nine of those employees worked as an election clerk or election inspector or both.

The database does not provide a breakdown between regular salary and overtime salary.

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Elizabeth Beyer is the agriculture, data, interactive, audio and video journalist with the La Crosse Tribune.

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Rick Czeczok

It would be interesting to know what the total spend of the city was in 2018 for consultants and their fees. After all these are the people who are making the decisions for these high paid department heads.


So a police LT makes more than the chief and the city attorney? Maybe I'm missing something here? Is it just me, or do these wages seem a bit high?

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