City Desk

Cathy Lanier Now Making $250,000?

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier is earning about $20,000 more than everyone thought.

As City Paper reported in April, the city's top cop got a 5 percent raise this year that brought her $219,755 salary to $230,743. That seemed like a choice paycheck, considering her boss, Mayor Vince Gray, makes just 86 percent of that haul.

But now The Washington Examiner reports that Lanier is actually making $253,000 a year, and an April 29 letter from the District's Department of Human Resources to Councilmember Mary Cheh, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, obtained by City Desk, confirms it:

At the time of her appointment, Chief Cathy Lanier was paid a base salary of $175,000. Since the time of her appointment, Chief Lanier has become eligible and received tenure pay based on her years of service with the Metropolitan Police Department. The current salary for Chief Lanier is $253, 817 (base salary $230, 743), which includes tenure pay based on twenty years of police service.

The letter, which responds to an inquiry Cheh's office made regarding how much several of D.C.'s department heads are being paid, notes that Lanier earns 118 percent of the average pay of other area police chiefs.

It's a mystery where the extra money comes from. Police union boss Kris Baumann says "tenure pay" usually refers to the "basic retention deferential" and "longevity" pay cops earn. He says that's figured into base pay. He's not sure where the additional $20,000 Lanier earned would come from "outside of some kind of bonus."

Lanier's contract does allow for performance bonuses. In the past, the city has also given Lanier added pay in order to settle up with her because of a mistake they made in connection to her retirement package, so that’s something else to consider.

MPD hasn't responded to multiple inquiries about the money yet.

The mayor's office seemed to be unaware that Lanier was making  more than her base pay. "Do not know where Examiner got $250k from," mayoral spokesperson Doxie McCoy emailed earlier. City Desk informed her that the number was accurate according to the letter from DHR. We're waiting on a response.

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  • creativemath

    Where are you getting 118% more than the average pay?

    The average pay from the 6 salaries of area police chiefs is about $175k.

    118% more than 175,000 is (1.18*175,000)+175,000 = 381,500.

  • Rend Smith

    Fixed.Thanks.

  • What the flocka?

    What is $250k amongst friends?

  • NU78

    I'm sorry, but even $200,000 a year is way too much to be paying D.C.'s police chief -- or any other D.C. public servant except for, possibly, the mayor. I really think a $200,000 annual salary is even too high for us to be paying the mayor.

    And how does the police chief's pay compare to the average street cop, who's out there risking his/her life every day? The chief shouldn't be paid that much -- no way, Jose!

    Why does getting appointed to a top city job these days suddenly make people wealthy? Public service is supposed to require sacrifice. WHERE is the sacrifice? Do these people think that the average taxpayer can afford to throw money at public servants?

  • monica1st

    I only hopes she donates some of that $$$ to the GOP, then I wholeheartdly support the increase!

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  • Parker

    Well, there's no money to be made in court anymore...guess that's where the money went. From a financial standpoint( and a disciplinarian), this administration has killed any incentive to arrest bad guys. From a "sense of justice" standpoint.....well come on now. We've got raises for the asst Chiefs being snuck by city council, Asst Chiefs being caught cheating, being given longevity pay unlawfully, violating the first Amendment, violating the second Amendment, violating the fourth Amendment, violating the fifth Amendment...what's next, reinstating the 18th Amendment? Its just gotten to be too hard for a brother to tell who the bad guys are anymore. Next time you see me on a speed camera OT gig don't get mad...I. would rather being locking jokers up, but that isn't where the money is these days. Its speed cameras or white shirts, and if you don't already have the shirt you can't be in the club.

  • dumbfounded

    she wanted

  • dumbfounded

    continue to dig deeper, what goes in the wash will come out in the rinse---

    Evil will never prevail over goodness,keep the faith and continue to pray for change.

  • Frazier

    Philadelphias police chief makes 260K, Chicagos 310K, so on and so forth.

    I agree that considering the job doesn't require a mastery of quantum mechanics or the ability to shoot laser beams from your eyes and fly, that thats a lot to pay any police chief, but it seems thats what they all make.

  • yeah

    Frazier stated..."Philadelphias police chief makes 260K, Chicagos 310K, so on and so forth."

    ummm... yeah and the previous chief was Deputy Superintendent of Chicago PD and is now the chief in Philadelphia. So who do you think set up the high pay in DC.

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