Metro Executives' Salaries Called into Question

Metro's top brass makes more than $3 million

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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Metro Exec Salaries Called Into Question

ASSOCIATED PRESS

While you may soon be paying more to ride Metro, the transit agency’s top brass is being paid quite well.

Its 16 top executives earned $3.1 million last year, according to the Washington Post.

Those salaries include Metro General Manager Richard Sarles, who brought home $350,000. That’s more than his counterpart in New York City.

Other top earners at Metro include Deputy General Manager Dave Kubicek, who makes $240,000 a year; CFO Carol Kissal, who earns $235,000; and Chief Safety Officer James Dougherty, who makes $185,000 a year.

These high salaries come at a time Metro is looking for ways to close a $116 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2013.

One proposal calls for a fare hike, which would average about 5% for riders. Metro Spokesman Dan Stessel says the executives’ salaries are on par with jobs in the public sector.

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