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Web Exclusive: Astounding salary growth at STP Coroner's Office

In 2012, Dr. Peter Galvan paid himself $230,000. That's more than the combined salaries at the Coroner's Office from 12 years earlier. In 2000, Galvan's first year as coroner, he and his entire staff made a total of 212 thousand dollars.

Since 2000, salaries in the Coroner's Office have grown 619 percent.

Galvan has added high-paying positions, such as an executive director and chief financial officer, and the salaries of those positions have also skyrocketed.

In 2007, Galvan's executive director made $80,769. In 2012, the position paid $122,399. That's a difference of $41,630 in five years.

Galvan hired CFO Kim Kelly in 2006 and paid her an annual salary of $70,212. In 2012, Kelly had a base salary of $104,000. Sources in the Coroner's Office say she only works three days a week.

Galvan's chief deputy coroner, Michael DeFatta, made $102,000 in 2006. His salary has jumped by $75,000, to $177,182, in just six years.

His chief death investigator, Mark Lombard, went from $47,700 in 2005 to $107,268 in 2012.

As we've shown, the increase of salaries has coincided with an increase in money going to the Coroner's Office. After voters passed a property tax millage in 2004, Galvan started to receive more money. So he hired more employees and gave himself and his higher-ranking staff large raises.

That's brought the total salaries from $212,000 in 2000 to a 2012 total of $1.5 million. When you factor in payments for unused vacation and sick leave and overtime for some employees, the total payroll topped $2 million.

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