In a break from past practice, the 2020 state payroll listing includes some highly paid coaches at Kansas State University. Compensation for many college coaches is paid with privately raised funds and therefore not subject to Open Records requests, but the 2020 state payroll provided by the Kansas Department of Administration includes 21 coaches from K-State.
Head men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber tops the list at $2.5 million, with head football coach Christopher Klieman close behind at $2.4 million. Several others were paid more than a half-million dollars, including head women’s basketball coach Jeffrey Mittie ($826,192), assistant football coach Courtney Messingham ($635,308), and assistant football coach Joseph Klanderman ($526,827).
Athletic Director Gene Taylor was paid $590,423 and former head football coach Bill Snyder is still on the payroll at $264,193.
The recently terminated athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeffrey Long, was the third-highest paid state employee; at $1.4 million, he was paid more than twice as much as K-State’s athletic director.
John Tomblin, executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University, was the fourth-highest paid at $929,404.
Everyone included in the top 25 worked at one of the state universities except Elizabeth Miller, the Chief Investment Officer at the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Miller was paid $445,847 last year.
The complete state payroll listing was obtained by Kansas Policy Institute in an Open Records request and published here at KansasOpenGov.org. The Sentinel is owned by Kansas Policy Institute.
KPI also collects overtime payments each year, and this year’s list includes someone who was paid more than $100,000 in overtime.
Danita Simnitt, an Information Systems Manager in the Adjutant General’s office, was paid $102,604 in overtime, in addition to $76,820 in other compensation; her total pay was $179,424.
Three public service executives were among the highest overtime recipients last year; Blane Tanner in the Dept. for Children and Family Services (79,400), Devan Tucking-Strickler with the Adjutant General ($70,997), and Roberta Kearney with DCFS ($61,368). James Copple, a fire protection specialist at Kansas State University was paid $66,896 in overtime.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority payroll is available here.