County Manager Beth Jones tops the list of the highest paid public employees in Iredell County for 2019.

Jones, who was promoted to county manager from deputy manager in July 2018, earns an annual salary of $194,361, according to payroll information provided by the county in response to a public records request.

Iredell Free News requested salaries for employees of Iredell County, the City of Statesville, the Town of Mooresville, the Town of Troutman, Iredell-Statesville Schools and the Mooresville Graded School District. The salaries were effective November 1.

Rounding out the top-five wage earners are I-SS Superintendent Brady Johnson, Mooresville Town Manager Randall Hemann, Statesville City Manager Ronald Smith and MGSD Superintendent Stephen Mauney.

Six of the top-20 wage earners work for I-SS, with five each for the Town of Mooresville and Iredell County, three for the City of Statesville, and one for MGSD.

Sheriff Darren Campbell, whose salary ranked 19th, is the only elected official whose compensation ranked in the top 20.


Here’s a list of the 20 highest-paid public employees in Iredell County:

1. Beth Jones, county manager

Iredell County

2. Brady Johnson, superintendent

Iredell-Statesville Schools

3 (tie). Randall Hemann, town manager

Town of Mooresville

3 (tie). Ronald Smith, city manager

City of Statesville

5. Stephen Mauney, superintendent

Mooresville Graded School District

6. Susan Robertson, deputy county manager

Iredell County

7. Ryan Rase, assistant town manager

Town of Mooresville

8. Ralph Staley, deputy city manager

City of Statesville

9. Melanie Taylor, deputy superintendent

Iredell-Statesville Schools

10. Ronald Campurciani, interim police chief

Town of Mooresville

11. Jane Hinson, health director

Iredell County

12. David Addison, police chief

City of Statesville

13. Richard Armstrong, assistant superintendent

Iredell-Statesville Schools

14. Cynthia Smith, social services director

Iredell County

15. Alvera Lesane, associate superintendent

Iredell-Statesville Schools

16. Keith Gentle, principal

Iredell-Statesville Schools

17. Melissa Wike, chief financial officer

Iredell-Statesville Schools

18. Keli Greer, director of human resources

Town of Mooresville

19. Darren Campbell, sheriff

Iredell County

20. Deborah Hockett, chief financial officer

Town of Mooresville

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