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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is the region's highest-paid top cop with a $253,000 annual salary. Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger's $216,600 salary comes in second.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers is the region's highest-paid firefighter; he makes $190,000 a year. That's just $3,000 more than D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and $15,000 more than Fairfax County's Fire Chief Ronald Mastin.

By comparison, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley makes $150,000 -- less than all but one top public safety official in the area. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell earns $175,000 annually.

While some criticize such high salaries, some officials say they are key to attracting top candidates for tough posts.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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