Governor: City salaries should be placed online
July 30, 2010
In the wake of the recent pay scandal involving Bell city officials, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday that if local governments have “nothing to hide,” they should post the salaries of top officials online. [LA Times]
The governor’s remarks came as city managers from across California are meeting in Sacramento to discuss damage control to the scandal that erupted this month. Reporting by the Times reveal that the Bell city manager made in excess of $800,000 a year and that city council members were being paid $100,000 annually.
“The people should start asking themselves what are their city officials, what are their county officials getting paid,” Schwarzenegger told a group of business leaders at round-table discussion in San Diego.
Schwarzenegger said outrage over the scandal in Bell has the public calling cities and counties demanding to know what officials are being paid. Local governments should act first, the governor argued, and put information on line so people don’t have to call to get information they need.