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20 Highest Paid Public Utilities Employees in Naperville

Salary information from 2010 and 2011 was obtained through an Illinois Freedom of Information Act request.

Salary and benefit information for public employees is public record. We post this information because we think it will be of interest to our readers, many of whom are Naperville residents and taxpayers who pay for these salaries.

The salary information looks at two budget cycles, and includes the gross earnings of these employees. Total compensation includes salary, insurance, pension payments and additional financial allowances.

The following information on salaries for the 20 highest paid public utilities employees in the city of Naperville was obtained through an Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Gross earnings are shown for 2010 and 2011. 





2011 Gross Earnings

2010 Gross Earnings

Curran, Mark

Public Utilities

Director of Public Utilities – Electric



Holzapfel, James

Public Utilities

Director of Public Utilities – Water



Zelasko, Anthony

Public Utilities

Line Electrician



Smoot, David

Public Utilities

Line Electrician



Huml, Joseph

Public Utilities

Substation Crew Leader



Conley, Patrick

Public Utilities

Crew Leader



Niesman, Jeffrey

Public Utilities

Crew Leader



Fisher, James

Public Utilities

Service Truck Operator



Jenkins, David

Public Utilities

Line Electrician



Pampuch, Jeremy

Public Utilities

Substation Line Electrician



Sullivan, Charles

Public Utilities

Substation Line Electrician



Fitzpatrick, Rirchard

Public Utilities

Senior Substation Crew Leader



Aug, Glenn

Public Utilities

Line Electrician



Andrychowski, Edward

Public Utilities

Substation Line Electrician



Kelly, Tim

Public Utilities

Crew Leader



Hynes, Lucille

Public Utilities

Electric Distribution Manager



Hibbler, Larry

Public Utilities

Crew Leader



Eichelberger, Wayne

Public Utilities

Substation Line Electrician



Burkes, Rodney

Public Utilities

Line Electrician



Geynisman, Olga

Public Utilities

Electrical Engineering Manager




Buford Pusser February 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Impeach Gerald.
Bob Fischer February 28, 2013 at 03:33 PM
a fair guess would be that many of these salaries reflect a lot of overtime. We could save a ton of money if restorals were only managed Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Of course - that is not going to happen (nor would we want it to). Ask the folks along Ogden Avenue how long it takes for Com Ed to restore power outages - vs. City of Naperville. At the end of the day - you get what you pay for.
Gerard Schilling February 28, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Since we were 99.5% reliable before smart meters restorals can't be the reason for overtime unless the new smart meters are now causing down time as well as crazy billings to many Napervillian citizens.
Jill K. Amoni February 28, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Joe...you are the daft and dumb one! Gerard is an advocate for the common man. You are only concerned with 'self'.... And don't speak for me with your statement, 'We are all tired of your constant whining'. Your arrogance is tiring for me. You obviously are a 'have' and don't give two shee its about others. Pride comes JUST before the fall.... You have much to learn, Joe Naper!
D Smith February 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Well, how much should they make?
john groll February 28, 2013 at 08:28 PM
I believe this is out of control. If anyone is defending this, its maybe they do not mind being denied going to a third party for cheaper rates and less government layers. Or maybe they are part of the circle receiving points on their score cards. Its a monopoly if 57,000 customers have no choice. The surrounding communities are not paying anything close to what we are paying. 30% less and no layers of government like Naperville has created. New trucks, pensions and a staff that thinks we are a fortune 500 company. What's the actual cost of energy vs the cost of the over head? I am in business and look at this everyday. They seem to find ways to build more government and continue to spend since most tax payers here only stay a short time only because of taxes and government ran by a few. If $2.00 a month savings makes you happy after spending $22,000,000 and counting and still in the dark when the project has no completion date is a crime. Who says we have cheap rates? Oh ya, its our own utility company making those statements along with a few council members. Since we can't get a third party to compete for our business we are just suppose to take it. All for giving an award to keep us hostage, raise your hands. Nays have it.
Gerard Schilling February 28, 2013 at 08:37 PM
About half as much as they currently make and definitely should be non-union as this has created the gross inequity between the private sector and government employees in the first place. The symbiotic relationship between politicians and their unions works against the tax payers and should be covered by the RICO laws.
Buford Pusser February 28, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Sure Gerald half the salary , you talk real bright. What was your damn salary in the private sector? Plus Gerald go study up on the law. You said RICO? It applies only to criminal Enterprise.
Gerard Schilling February 28, 2013 at 09:44 PM
That’s exactly what it is Pusser. Collusion between politicians and unions over an extended period of time to defraud the citizens out of their hard earned money through quid pro quos like I’ll vote for you if you give me increases and benefits!.
Buford Pusser February 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Gerald how do you think Obama got reelected? The same way as you think about Unions and Politicians.
EP February 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM
First, read this closely. These figures INCLUDE the value of benefits on top of wages. None of these people is actually taking home this amount of CASH. How much would your "paycheck" be if all of your benefits were included? Second, people do not understand that linemen in the private sector make a heck of a lot more money than they do working for the city. So, why do they work for the city? They trade the actual cash mainly for the security of a 40-hour work week. Working for a private contractor, linemen can be sent home during inclement weather or times when work is slow, and they get no compensation for that. At the end of the year, they make a lot more money, but it could be made during 16-hour, 7-day-a-week summer days followed by two months being laid off in the winter. A lot of the city linemen have families who depend on them and have chosen a more stable work environment. If they were doing this job for the biggest paycheck, they would have quit a long time ago. Third, the point about the Com Ed response time is right on. The service the linemen provide the residents is second-to-none. Keep in mind, many of them can't even AFFORD to live in Naperville. Yet, they arrive in your neighborhood in the middle of a snowstorm to make sure your power is restored and your family is kept warm. They risk their lives EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep your electricity flowing. This is one of the world's most dangerous jobs, and these people are highly trained to do what they do.
EP February 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Finally, I do not understand the continual condemnation of the city linemen. They are heroes who respond to emergencies and work safely to serve the city residents every day. They have been treated horribly by the residents of the city, harassed by residents over the smart meters when all they were doing is following the orders given to them by your elected government officials. If you think they are living the good life off of your tax dollars, you are wrong. And if you think your electric rates would be lower with Com Ed, you would be wrong as well. So next time your power goes out, or a tree falls on a power line, take a minute to be thankful that there are linemen willing to leave their families at all hours of the day or night...who work every single holiday, every single shift...who aren't home on Christmas morning to see their kids open their presents just in case someone, somewhere in Naperville has an emergency...to make sure emergencies are safely and efficiently handled. They deserve some appreciation and a lot of respect for the knowledge, skill, and downright guts they have to do what they do for the residents of the city.
EP February 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Half as much? Are you kidding me? Do you know the caliber of linemen you'd end up with if you paid half as much? Do you really want a bunch of guys who couldn't get hired anywhere else to end up working on your power lines? And non-union as well? I for one want the guy working on my power lines to be a skilled, highly trained professional who I know is working safely lest he get himself and any innocent bystanders killed. You may not like it, but the going rate for a lineman in the private sector is well above what Naperville is paying. This is not government being careless with your money. Trust me, at contract time, these guys have to fight tooth and nail just to keep the benefits and pay they currently have. There's no wink-wink-nudge-nudge going on here.
EP February 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM
You're absolutely right, Bob, and yes, restorals ARE the reason for overtime and that has nothing to do with smart meters. You can thank mother nature for that. If your power goes out at 2 a.m. on a Saturday, Gerard, guess what? One of these guys is getting a call and heading your way to HELP YOU. Middle of the night, middle of a storm, middle of a blizzard, Christmas Day, you name it. Pretty fair that those calls should yield overtime pay, I'd say. While you're looking down your nose and tearing them down, they are outside your window risking their lives to restore your power.
EP February 28, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Since the benefits are actually already included, Gerard, if you will actually read the top of the article, then we could say that the pay by your statement is actually 40% LESS than what's published here. Since you advocated cutting these salaries by 50%, I guess you ought to be fairly satisified upon second review.
EP March 01, 2013 at 12:23 AM
First of all, if the city didn't provide your electricity, Com Ed would. You still wouldn't have "choice." Second of all, the electrical department actually MAKES MONEY for the city by providing paid services to businesses and residents in the city. If Com Ed were providing those services, that revenue would go to Com Ed, not the City of Naperville. That revenue helps keep your rates LOW. Com Ed wouldn't provide such "subsidized" electric rates.
Justin March 01, 2013 at 01:20 AM
EP- I agree with you. These linemen don't deserve less money, but deserve more.They put their lives on the line daily to bring power to our homes. I vote to deduct $10,000/yr from each coucilman's salary and give it to the lineman. The lineman do more good for the city than all councilmembers put together.
RM March 01, 2013 at 02:18 AM
These reviews are hilarious! Some people clearly do not even read the article before commenting! Some people here actually know the facts and some do not! Did you know Money Magazine rated Naperville the best place to raise a family in Naperville and other magazines rating Naperville a top.place to live in the U.S. You think this has anything to do with the high taxes residents pay or great schools or low crime rate or response time to emergencies? Well these do not exist from low paid non union workers...You get what you pay for! Everyone has choices in life...You have the choice to live where you live! If you dont like it move. Its that simple!
Christina Quarnstrom March 01, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I am with EP 100%! What is with the constant venom being spewed at the Naperville lineman? Do they make good money and get good benefits? Yes, they do. They also work one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs, are out there restoring your power in the worst of conditions…. Climbing poles higher than most of us would dare, and down into the manholes filled with water (as well as electrical equipment.) They work with dangerous equipment, high voltage, chemicals, usually in less than ideal locations. They stick their heads in the high-wires to make sure that you can sit at your computer and rant about what awful people they are for collecting a fair wage for the work that they do. They work in the mud , rain, sleet, snow, wind, ice, heat, and humidity when their skills are needed. I know many a computer programmer who sits safely at their desk and brings home more money than these guys do. Do you know that these guys miss their kid’s birthdays, dance recitals, football games, and holidays, all to keep the power on for the ungrateful citizens? And I would love to see the updated numbers on this since Naperville took the overtime from the lineman and now pays a CONTRACTOR to do all the extra work.
Christina Quarnstrom March 01, 2013 at 02:18 AM
And you want ComEd? Do you know that Naperville’s average outage time is probably in the 15-20 minute range, while ComEd’s is more than 6 HOURS? Do you know how important that would be to you if you had someone in your house that relied on that for lifesaving medical equipment? Do you know that these guys miss their kid’s birthdays, dance recitals, football games, holidays, and anniversaries … all to keep the power on for the ungrateful citizens? I have an idea… don’t like paying your electric bill? Go “off the grid.” Live without electricity. Then we won’t have to read your rantings and insults against the very people who keep the power on so that you have the ability to post them. (And I am, for one, very insulted that these working class heroes have had their privacy invaded in this manner.)
Christina Quarnstrom March 01, 2013 at 02:25 AM
And one last thing.... why is it OK that people who go get a four-year college degree collect a higher wage than their counterparts who do not, but it's not OK for someone who goes through a 4 year apprenticeship to learn their dangerous skilled trade should not expect a higher wage than those that do not?
dsy1019 March 01, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Gerard- if you had half a brain, you would be dangerous. But you don't... Get your facts straight before you spew your nonsense into the blogosphere. I for one am glad that we have the linemen we do. I specifically moved to Naperville because I heard the power RARELY goes out and I depend on electricity for my job! Gerard, when was the last time you lost a thousand dollars worth of food because your power was out for a week? Residents of Hinsdale would give anything to have a municipal-owned utility! I know because I used to live there!
Joe Naper March 01, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Gerard is intellectually lazy. He spews all this stuff about corruption, cronyism, big-brother mumbo-jumbo and has nothing to back it up. I'll keep the Electric department as a part of the City, thanks. People posting here about outage times and ComEd are correct. Gerard, you have no idea how good the electric department here is run! I would suggest that you go sit in the dark for a while and think that one over but that would be redundant.
Gerard Schilling March 02, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Here is another thing to chew on children the benefits paid DPUE employees are charged to Naperville’s general fund and the utility tax charged is credited to the general fund all in an attempt to hid the true cost of electricity provided by our citizen owned electric company. Sell the thing before they completely take over the city and fire the city manager. By the way there are a lot of dangerous jobs just living involves risk so stop with the first responder BS. Each citizen is his/her own first responder and need to accept that responsibility. The life you save including your family will be your own not some third party who gauges you because they’re in collusion with a bunch of politicians.
Gerard Schilling March 02, 2013 at 12:51 PM
After someone hacks our new, forced on citizens, 22 million, wasted money project called smart meters we may all be in the dark. One can only hope it doesn’t take six weeks to correct and cost over a million like the city computer systems a few months ago. The city never did tell us the outcome of their FBI investigation. WHY???
Gerard Schilling March 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
No They don't. From the article: The following information on salaries for the 20 highest paid public utilities employees in the city of Naperville was obtained through an Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Gross earnings are shown for 2010 and 2011
Gerard Schilling March 02, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Pusser, I am beginning to think you’re a genius. Right again on Obama he and his union buddies did exactly that plus of course fixing elections in the swing states by stuffing ballet boxes/computers to record all votes as Obamas in 100s of districts not to mention as much as 140% of registered voters in some of them.
NaperDad March 04, 2013 at 03:29 PM
@EP.... Maybe you should actually read... and understand the article. Although it mentions, "Total compensation includes salary, insurance, pension payments and additional financial allowances." it also goes on to state, "The following information on salaries for the 20 highest paid public utilities employees in the city of Naperville" So, the chart is "salaries" which is a subset of "total compensation". Your statements are incorrect.
John smith March 07, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Most of the people on this list at least the hand full I know, are some of the hardest working folks I know. Yeah you bet some of those salaries are effected by over time. Most are. People complaining here should stop trolling. People on this list started in this trade 30 plus years ago. Busting there butts all the time. Line work is dangerous and yeah pays well when you have seniority. Just like most jobs. And Joe could not be more right. People complaining, get a job.
John smith March 07, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Reading some of these anti lineman comments, stupid people. No idea what your talking about. You trolls would not last 1 day in the trade. Union haters? Seriously something wrong with you people. Jill and Gerard? What are you 2 smoking? Keep spewing these "facts" that are total BS. Lazy thugs. No Jill he's not for the common man. He's for "if I'm a lazy lug and make 30 grand a year everyone has to make the same as me". And just call union guys middle class guys. That's all they are. But sure as hell a lot harder working then some people leaving comments. Joe, EP, dsy, Tina... Keep preaching haha. Yeah Tina's is spot on too. A lot of time away from home and the family.


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