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Forum staff reports, Published November 11 2013

Moorhead Public Service general manager highest-paid city official

MOORHEAD – Bill Schwandt, general manager of Moorhead Public Service, is the highest-paid official in Moorhead government, with a salary of about $155,000.

Schwandt’s salary also ranks among the highest paid to municipal officials in the state of Minnesota, according to an Associated Press review of official pay across the state, which used Gov. Mark Dayton’s salary of $120,303 as a benchmark.

According to the review, here is how other area officials’ salaries stack up against the governor’s:

Moorhead City Manager Michael Redlinger, $118,036; Moorhead City Engineer Bob Zimmerman, $114,236.

Clay County Administrator Brian Berg, $123,849; Clay County Attorney Brian Melton, $114,304; Clay County Auditor/Treasurer Lori Johnson, $107,111.

Otter Tail County Attorney David Hauser, $134,289; Otter Tail County Public Health Director Diane Thorson, $125,441; Otter Tail County Sheriff Brian Schlueter, $123,816.

Becker County Attorney Michael Fritz, $109,121; Becker County Administrator Jack Ingstad, $101,000; Becker County Auditor Ryan Tangen, $89,862.

The review found that the highest-paid city official in Minnesota is the city administrator of Rochester, who is paid $165,780.

Rochester has a population of about 108,000.

Moorhead’s population in the review is listed as 38,889.

The review found that the highest-paid official in Minneapolis is the assistant city coordinator, convention center, who receives a salary of $152,681.

The population of Minneapolis was listed as 392,008.