Many GRU staff leaders are among city's highest-paid employees


GRU general manager Robert Hunzinger is the highest paid city of Gainesville employee.

Erica Brough/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

More than 60 city employees make $100,000 or more — and Gainesville Regional Utilities senior staff make up the majority.

This budget year, 63 of the city's listed 2,300 employees have salaries of $100,000 or above. Thirty-eight are employees of GRU. The city's two-highest paid employees, four of the top five and eight of the top 11 work for the utility, according to records from the Human Resources Department.

GRU General Manager Bob Hunzinger has the highest salary in city government at $218,484. While Hunzinger was the only city employee with a salary above $200,000, his pay was just below the median for the general manager of a public utility with revenues above $100 million, according to the 2012 American Public Power Association salary survey.

John Stanton, GRU's assistant general manager for energy supply, ranks second among city employees with an annual salary of $186,103.

City Manager Russ Blackburn had the third-highest pay at $174,956. GRU Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Hunt was fourth with a salary of $162,144, and David Beaulieu, GRU assistant general manager for energy delivery, was next at $159,611.

After Hunzinger and Blackburn, City Attorney Nicolle Shalley had the next highest salary among the city's six charter officers at $159,000. Thirty city employees have salaries between $90,000 and $100,000. Another 75 have salaries between $80,000 and $90,000.

The average salary is $47,728. Approximately half of the city's employees make in the range of $20,000 to $50,000.

The salary figures are for the current budget year and do not reflect the 2 percent raises scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1. For employees in unions, the timing of when they will receive those raises depends on the collective bargaining process.

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