According to the 2013 budget Chief Connelly made almost $94,000. Which is about the same as Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin. However the same can't be said when comparing an EPD patrolman and an Evansville firefighter. "The amount of money a patrolman makes is $2,822 more than a firefighter," said Chief Connelly. Those who voted for the pay cut say, since there is a pay gap between Evansville firemen and Evansville police officers, there should be pay gap between heads of the fire department and the police department as well. But Mayor Lloyd Winnecke isn't buying it. "I think it was petty politics. I think it has nothing to do with parity and pay. I think it has everything to do with a personal political vendetta against the chief."
A year ago Chief Connelly asked for city councilman Al Lindsey's job after Lindsay had a few drinks and went to work as a fireman. Later a fire merit board said that punishment was too harsh and allowed Lindsey to return to work. "One councilman is trying to lead a charge to discredit the chief. It's unwarranted, it is what it is, and it's unfortunate," said Mayor Winnecke.
Last Thursday a closed door caucus meeting was called for six members of city council, including Al Lindsey. All six members in that meeting voted to cut Chief Connelly's pay. Our calls to City Councilman Al Lindsey have gone unreturned.