Public given access to city manager pay

The recent uproar about the high earnings of city officials in Bell has prompted municipalities in San Mateo County and throughout the state to release salary information to the public.

A League of California Cities survey released this month displays self-reported compensation information for city managers in the 468 cities and towns that have managers, including 18 in San Mateo County. The organization said it had a 90 percent response rate to the survey.

The survey comes after the firestorm resulting from the July discovery of Robert Rizzo’s $784,637 annual salary as Bell city manager for the mainly working-class Southern California suburb. The goal of the survey was to create greater transparency between citizens and city officials.

“It’s very important for the public to know this information so they can hold their elected representatives accountable,” said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition. “One important aspect of that process is to know what they are paid and how that amount paid on behalf of citizens, through tax
dollars, compares to other cities.”  

The survey information will be updated after the state Controller’s Office receives more-detailed information on compensation levels for city employees Oct. 1, which is required by the new Local Government Compensation Reporting program, according to the League of California Cities.

The survey results can be found at www.cacities.org.

shaughey@sfexaminer.com

Peninsula earnings report


Atherton  

  • Jerry Gruber, $171,241

Brisbane  

  • Clayton Holstine, $218,344*
    *Salary is $210,808, housing allowance of $250 per month, vehicle allowance of $350 per month, cell phone allowance of $35 per month

 
Burlingame  

  • James Nantell, $222,203*
    *Includes two weeks unused administrative leave payout of $8,312

 

Colma

  • Laura S. Allen, $197,115

Daly City  

  • Patricia E. Martel, $281,730*
    *Reflects total of nine unpaid furlough days for 2009


Half Moon Bay  
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  • Michael Dolder (interim), $152,396*
    *10-99 wages

 

Hillsborough  

  • Anthony Constantouros, $239,400

 
Foster City  

  • James C. Hardy, $243,314*
    *Not subject to Medicare wages because he was hired prior to 1987

 
Millbrae  

  • Marcia Raines, $202,505

Menlo Park  

  • Glen G. Rojas, $224,500


Pacifica  

  • Stephen A. Rhodes, $197,722

Portola Valley  

  • Angela Howard, $162,004

Redwood City  

  • Peter Ingram, $242,051*
    *Annual administrative leave cash-out option, auto allowance

 
San Bruno  

  • Connie Jackson, $205,832*
    *Pay reduced by 2.3 percent, effective July 1, 2009, for budget-reduction furlough

 
San Carlos  

  • Mark Weiss, $218,538

 

San Mateo  

  • Susan Loftus, $242,808*
    *Includes auto allowance of $4,673 and medical allowance of $11,187, and in 2009 had 27 pay days versus normal 26

South San Francisco  

  • Barry Michael Nagel, $248,116

Woodside  

  • Susan George, $213,309

Source: League of California Cities

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