By: Margie Summers
At a recent League of Women’s Voter’s candidates’ night, Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand was asked about the legality of receiving paychecks from both the Sheriff’s Department and the Hambden Fire Department, where he is the Fire Chief.
Hildenbrand replied several times that he receives only a stipend from Hambden for his work there. A stipend suggests a very small amount of money.
According to his 2018 W-2, Hildebrand’s “stipend” was $25,180, a significantly higher wage than a lot of people make. Perhaps the sheriff never learned the meaning of the word as a graduate of Chardon High School.
In 2017, the fire department paid him $24,830 and in 2016 it was $24,725. Since when is $74,735 over a three-year-period a stipend?
A non-profit, like the Hambden Volunteer Fire Dept., is required to file a Form 990 with I.R.S. that shows their finances. In 2018, it paid a total of $318,029 in salaries and other benefits and had a total revenue of $395,385.
However, on the W-3 transmittal form to the government for 2018, it shows only $288,988 in wages paid.
It’s good to be a volunteer in Hambden, especially if your math is a little shaky.