The Bergen County New Jersey Record has an article about a town attorney in North Bergen, N.J., who "enjoys a 30-hour workweek, eight weeks of paid time off each year, and the promise of a six-figure pension — all courtesy of North Bergen taxpayers." The article goes on:
Herbert Klitzner's $214,106 municipal salary and benefits are unrivaled by attorneys who lead legal departments in the state's biggest cities. He even outearns the state's attorney general.
But Klitzner's salary covers only a portion of North Bergen's legal expenses. Klitzner outsources some $600,000 in additional legal work each year much of that to a firm that pays him for part-time private legal work and provides him with an office.
His attendance records dating back to 2003 show that he gets comp time when he works more than 30 hours a week. And his contract allows him to carry forward vacation and sick time from year to year and receive cash for unused time off. He gets 15 sick days, which he has been allowed to use as personal days, and 25 vacation days each year, his contracts show.
Doubtless this is less than some lawyers make in the private sector. But it's hard to find this combination of high pay and shorter hours in the private sector.