SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between KSAT and the San Antonio Business Journal.
Across 13,394 employees, the city of San Antonio paid a total of $842 million in wages and $1.2 billion in total compensation to fire, police and civilian workers in 2020.
An ex-San Antonio police lieutenant with a tumultuous history and lengthy disciplinary record was the highest-paid city government employee for the year.
Records from the city show Lee Rakun was compensated a total of $447,027 from the city, with a majority of those earnings coming from a leave payout, arbitration and settlements with the city before he retired from the force.
City Manager Erik Walsh advanced to the No. 2 spot following the 2019 departure of Deputy Fire Chief Yvette Granato. Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez trailed behind Walsh at No. 5 with compensation totaling $342,205.
According to the city, total compensation for employees includes additional benefits like pension matching, health care, and wellness contributions.