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Who Makes What Money on the D.C. Council?

This morning, the Examiner reported on the salaries of D.C. Council staffers and members. The paper especially focused on staffers earning more than $100,000, which the Examiner says is one in five employees of the council. The highlights of their findings:

  • Schanette L. Grant, chief of staff for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans: $132,000
  • Jordan H. Hutchinson, chief of staff for At-Large Councilmember David Catania: $131,500
  • Corey A. Griffin, chief of staff for Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie: $120,000
  • Charles W. Allen, chief of staff for Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells: $119,000
  • Amy Bellanca, chief of staff for At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown: $115,000
  • Jonathan M. Willingham, chief of staff for Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh: $110,000
  • Jon R. Meyers, chief of staff for Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander: $110,000
  • Denise L. Tolliver, chief of staff for Council Chairman Phil Mendelson: $108,000
  • Estell M. Lloyd, chief of staff for At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange: $103,000
  • Joy Holland, chief of staff for Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser: $101, 826

Not every chief of staff is over the six-figure mark. The chief of staff for Ward 8 Councilmember Marion BarryJoyce Ann Clements Smith, makes $90,000, and Calvin Woodland, chief of staff for Councilmember Jim Graham, earns $85, 277.

Most councilmembers make $128,202. Catania, Cheh, and Brown make $125,583, and Mendelson, as chairman, makes $190,000. Which means Evans and Catania both pay their chiefs of staff more than they make.

  • Keith

    Why do Cantania, Cheh, and Brown make less money than their counterparts?

  • Typical DC BS

    Pretty amazing salaries for the Council nitwits for "part-time jobs". Would be nice to see what they also make at their "full-time, outside, conflict of interest" jobs.


    Keith, I think Catania, Cheh, and Brown didnt take a pay cost of living increase. I don't have a problem with this salaries because the cost of living is very high in the District of Columbia and the private sector migh pay more based on education. I beleive Joy Holland has a PhD., Bowser's Chief of Staff.


    I do have a problem with Councilmembers making over six figures for a part-time job. However, the Council Chair's position is full time.

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  • John

    The councilmembers are part time but their staff is full time and actually do all the work. They deserve a big salary as they are actually doing the job. Cheh Evans and Catania all have outside jobs to boost their salary so they just need someone else to do the city council job.

  • http://davidgaines.com David Gaines

    The staffs not only work full-time hours (even during recess) and literally do all the work, but if the salaries were less competitive with the private industry, we'd have less competent (or even incompetent) employees making half the money causing twice the problems.

    How much they make doesn't bother me. Is there any way to measure their performance relative to their salaries?

  • Art

    Professionals in DC earning low 6 figures. What exactly is the story here?

  • Nana

    Reason why they get paid less is cuz Evans and Catania make way more money on their other "part time" jobs, in which they have huge conflict of interests with their "public servant" positions. That's what the media shoumd focus on.

  • DC=DistrictofCorruption

    Someone on the Council and/or CM Tommy Wells' staff should look into why an intern earns more than Wells' full-time veteran staffers. Unless there is an error, Wells' veteran staffers, several of whom are African American women, earn far less than their Council counterparts, as well as less than the Wells' intern, and his nephew, Daniel Connor. These women earn less than Connor and Schneider despite having more experience and length of service in DC government.

  • Nana

    Anyone calling our beloved DC the "District of Corruption" should get the fuck out of DC. Go to where things are so "better", asshole.

  • Typical DC BS

    Please note that I was commenting in #2 above on the counciltwerps, not their staff. I'm sure the staff deserves every penny, as they put up with their bosses as well as the public's nonsense.

  • Ward-8

    I am a life long resident of DC and the over paid Councilmans are a bunch of corrupt what can you do for me ass holes, yea Nana, i have too much invested in this corrupt city to leave.

  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

    Jack Evans has never been cheap - Ward 2, is the economic bread basket for the city. Jack's chief of staff is a Black woman, which proves Evan's historically, has never had problems with Black people and Black voters and if Vincent Gray doe's not run for mayor in 2014, then Black voters should support Jack Evans. On the other hand, Tommy Wells has a history of being unfair with Black voters and pay's his Black staff slave wages compared to his Chief of Staff Charles Allen.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    I wonder how much Jack pays Leroy to fluff him?