San Luis Obispo County administrators seeking large raises

June 20, 2022

SLO County Counsel Rita Neal


After battling against giving line-level staffers raises of more than 3% a year, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is set to approve raises of up to 23% for county administrators and management staff.

As part of the consent agenda, on Tuesday the Board of Supervisors is slated to approve modest raises for the 2,400 line-level employees represented by unions and larger pay increases for administrators, department heads and management staff. County administrators recommend awarding raises to higher level employees that greatly exceeds what they propose for the county’s line level staff.

Proposed raises for the county’s 2,400 represented employees is slated to cost the county $4,620,091 this year and $5,253,091 the following year.

The proposed raises for the county’s 500 administrators, officials and management staffers is slated to cost $5,199,000 this year and $9,796,000 next year.

On top of the modest raises all county employees are slated to receive this year, many county administrators, officials and managements staffers are also in line to receive equity raises.

In order to determine equity raises, the county conducts a survey of a selected group of government agencies and private businesses and determines if the management wages in SLO County reach the average rate of the compared entities. If not, county administrators propose equity raises to meet the average.

Proposed yearly and equity raises for the next 25 months include a 23% bump in pay for the library support services director and a 22.72% raise for the library director.

Many managers and officials are in line for 17% to 19% pay increases, including County Administrative Officer Wade Horton, Health Agency Directors Penny Borenstein and Nick Drews, Animal Services Manager Eric Anderson, Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Martin Settevendemie, District Attorney Dan Dow, Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth and all social services division managers.

While the 15.56% increase in pay proposed for County Counsel Rita Neal appears to fall short of other department heads, it is in addition to a 20% pay hike the SLO County Board of Supervisors voted to give Neal in 2020 that provided her a compensation package of $374,579 a year.


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Got to keep up with inflation!!! Neal is just $26K shy of what the U.S. president makes. Not bad. Doubt if any of these overpaid administrators and managers could come close these salaries in the real world. Maybe all that “equity” could go to the parking garage and we could have FREE parking in Old Town.

Adam Trask

Unfortunate that public pay is beginning to mirror corporate pay. The average privately own corporation’s CEO now earns 306 times more than their average worker. Public administrators now at 10 times more.


Greedy, shameful and just plain wrong.


I was hoping this was an article from The Onion but sadly no. Well – next up – sales tax increase.


Are they mad?!!


And you wonder why most of the voters don’t like you and believe you are just out for yourself ( which is quite true ). You give the people doing the work a crumb from the cookie while you who just oversee the work and are not really needed take the rest and then say we are here for you. Makes me sick!!!!


Did all the BOS vote for this?


Has the county taken into consideration the impact the $raises will effect these employees retirement compensation which is already underfunded.


Cant stand the stink….. thus I’m holding my nose.

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