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Sizable Pay Increases Proposed for County Elected Officials

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Issue 32, Volume 18.

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors will consider today whether to grant pay increases averaging 21 percent for five elected officials.

The Department of Human Resources is proposing the upward adjustments, which will elevate the base salaries of several officials to levels that are well above those received by their counterparts in neighboring counties.

Human Resources chief Michael Stock justified the raises by pointing out that without them, the assessor-clerk-recorder, auditor-controller, district attorney, sheriff and treasurer-tax collector would potentially be making less than their most senior staff members.

Union contracts and separate pay schedules ratified by the Board of Supervisors for executive-level employees have created salary disparities known as "compaction," scenarios under which the most high-ranking officials receive total compensation that's actually less than those working for them.

According to Stock, the five elected officials in line for salary increases haven't received any adjustments in pay since 2008. Stock also noted that "a recent external market salary survey" comparing the earnings of similarly placed officials elsewhere supported the increases.

Outgoing Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward would receive a 20.68 percent raise, increasing his salary from $165,727 to $200,000.

Auditor-Controller Paul Angulo would receive the Advertisement
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same percentage increase and salary.

Outgoing District Attorney Paul Zellerbach would see his salary rise 22.33 percent, from $223,166 to $273,000.

Sheriff Stan Sniff would receive the same adjustment, in the same amount.

Treasurer-Tax Collector Don Kent would get the same hike proposed for the assessor-clerk-recorder and auditor-controller.

Under the revised salary schedule, there would be an automatic -- though comparatively smaller -- pay adjustment again in July 2015, adding another $4,000 a year to the assessor's, auditor's and treasurer's salaries, and another $5,000 a year for the district attorney's and sheriff's.

The proposed changes would put the district attorney's salary 29 percent above the base annual salary of the San Bernardino County district attorney -- and 34 percent above that of the Orange County district attorney, according to salary schedules provided by those two counties.

The sheriff, similarly, would be receiving pay that's roughly one-fifth more than that paid to his counterpart in San Bernardino County and one-third more than the sheriff of Orange County.

San Bernardino County shares a population nearly identical in size to Riverside County, while Orange County's population is 40 percent larger, according to census figures.



Comment Profile Imageoldmandan
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm
That's what these tax sucking worthless dirtbags need. A big pay raise to put on the back of tax payers who never see a 21% pay hike.
Comment Profile Imagepaullywog
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm
oh man here we go!! These woefully underpaid bureaucrats need a raise!!! I need a raise! Everyone needs a raise!! The fact is they don't deserve it. 6 years and no raises? Hmm is that because this state is going bankrupt?? More money to the government is always the answer toll the problems?? 21% increase in pay? I say 2% and that is my final answer. I am tired of bureaucrats getting raises and for what? Are they doing more work? Working longer hours? Getting more benefits than regular people? How about those 30 days of automatic government vacation a year? How about the fact they get every federal holiday off? How about the sick leave of 2 weeks? We are talking they get about 54 days of time off(10 federal holidays, 14 days sick leave and 30 days vacation) and I forgot a week or more of personal days). This is what happens with unions and gov't workers. I say no more pay for any gov't employee-let them suffer in this Barack Obama(Barry Sotero is his real name) economy that he says is "thriving" now!!
Comment Profile ImageResident
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Just like the government, spend money they don't have. Hmmmmm (sarcastic tone) wonder where this money will be coming from?
Comment Profile ImageSleepy Citizens
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm
So how many patriotic citizens showed up to speak on this issue? Not enough. It's much easier to sit at home behind a keyboard and comment than to actually participate in YOUR government. Paullywog exemplifies the partisan problem as he blames Obama rather than the 5 Republican Supervisors driving the County to bankruptcy. When you have elected officials who believe "prevailing wages" apply to themselves but not to their constituents you have elected officials representing themselves and not the people they were elected to serve. The economy is thriving if you're in the ruling class and the economy is thriving compared to when Obama took office and inherited the Great Recession. Just like corporate America, those at the top of the food chain are doing quite well at the expense of the middle class.

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