www.rhinotimes.com | Thursday, May 18, 2017 | RHINO TIMES 9
2017 Guilford County Salary List
by John Hammer
The top of the Guilford County salary list
is similar to last year’s list, with the same
names at the top.
County Manager Marty Lawing received about a
$4,000 raise to $197,000, so next year he’ll break
$200,000. Lawing is also paid slightly more than
his colleague across Phill McDonald Plaza, City
Manager Jim Westmoreland.
People might think this makes sense because
Guilford County is much larger than Greensboro,
but the forms of government are entirely different.
Everyone who works for the City of Greensboro,
with the exception of City Attorney Tom Carruthers,
works for Westmoreland. County government is a
completely different animal. The Sheriff’s Department
and the Register of Deeds office, for instance, are
run by elected officials. Lawing has no official
control over those departments. Then there are the
schools, which receive 44 percent of the Guilford
County budget and are completely autonomous.
The elections office is run by the Board of Elections,
not the county manager.
When you look at the portion of the county
government that is run by the county manager, it is
relatively small, but the salary is large.
The second person on the list after Lawing is
Public Health Division Director Merle Green at
$165,000. She isn’t a department head because
public health and social services were combined
into the Human Services Department, yet she is paid
more than any department head in the county, as
well as more than Deputy County Manager Clarence
Grier at $150,000.
The director of the other division of the Human
Services Department, Heather Skeens, who is the
social services division director, is paid $123,000, or
$42,000 less than Green.
After Green the list does make more sense, with
County Attorney Mark Payne at $163,000. Payne
works directly for the Guilford County Board of
Commissioners and not for Lawing. Fourth is Sheriff
BJ Barnes at $154,000.
One of the outcomes of the way Guilford County
gives raises is that the disparity between the highest
paid employees and the lowest paid employees
increases over time. For instance, if all county
employees get a 2 percent raise, the manager,
making $200,000 a year, gets a $4,000 raise to
$204,000, while the worker who makes $20,000 a
year gets a raise of $400 to $20,400 a year. Over
time the gap only gets larger and larger.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that
Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen, who is an elected
official and doesn’t work for the county manager, is
being paid $119,000.
We are printing the salaries for the 344 county
employees who make $60,000 or more. There are,
however, 2,303 county employees. For a complete
list of county salaries, go to rhinotimes.com.
Next week we’ll have City of Greensboro salaries.
Lawing, Marty County Manager $197,241
Green, Merle Public Health Director $165,042
Payne, Mark County Attorney $163,471
Barnes, BJ Sheriff $153,659
Grier, Clarence Deputy County Mgr $150,369
Baker, Reid Finance Director $147,326
MacDonald, C. Dentist III $136,849
Dean, John HR Director $135,189
Desai, Hemant Chief Info Officer/Dir $132,773
McNiece, Robert Property/Park Mgt Dir $131,196
Halford, Michael Budget Director $130,846
Bell, Leslie Planning & Dev Dir $127,600
Skeens, Heather Social Svcs Dir $124,886
Powers, Randy Chief Deputy Sheriff $122,032
Chavis, Ben Tax Director $121,529
Lindsay, Bridgett Deputy Dir/ISV $119,610
Thigpen, Jeff Register of Deeds $118,627
Liverman, Angela Child Sup/Crt Serv Dir $117,225
Carter, Ken Asst Health Dir $115,450
Mason, Matt Chief Deputy Attorney $114,491
Bigelow, Sherri Enterprise App Mgr $113,527
Turcola, Matt Chief Deputy Attorney $111,670
Batten, Mary E. Pharmacy Svcs Mgr $110,433
Lockey, Michael Sr Software Architect $109,495
Albright, Jim Emergency Svcs Dir $108,868
Pratt, Crystal Clinical Pharmacist $105,795
McAndrew, Meg Animal Svcs Med Dir $105,000
Hall, Kashif Dentist II $105,000
Hicks, Clay Cash & Debt Mgr $104,265
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