California city managers paid more than Brown
June 13, 2011
Katie Lichtig gets $308,408 in total compensation as the manager of San Luis Obispo, a city with about 700 employees and 41,000 residents. That’s almost twice the salary of the governor, responsible for 44,000 employees and 37 million people. [Bloomberg]
Lichtig is not alone. Almost four in 10 city managers in California were paid more than the state’s chief executive’s 2009 salary of $173,987, according to payroll data. The median salary for California’s city managers in 2009 was $187,728, according to data from the state controller’s office, Bloomberg said.
“It’s outrageous,” said Deanna Reeder, 49, who lives in Moreno Valley, which had an average personal income of $18,728 in 2009 and an April unemployment rate of 15.6 percent. “California is hurting. Every city is hurting and instead of dealing with it, they overpay some people, and the person they are overpaying doesn’t solve the problems.”
“If you pay someone $400,000 and they fixed the problems of your city, maybe you could appreciate that,” Reeder said in an interview with Bloomberg. “But the problems in our cities aren’t going away.”