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From page A1 | December 21, 2012 | 8 Comments

What the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors did on Dec. 4 was undone on Dec. 18. Tuesday, after considerable discussion and delay, the board rescinded its earlier approval of salary increases for two top department heads.

The chief administrative officer had recommended 5 percent raises for director of the Health and Human Services Agency and for Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. The latter included added duties as “acting” department head of the county’s new Community Development Agency.

Because of the creation of that “super department,” and salary calculations for its three new management positions, the CAO determined that current top managers pay should be raised comparable to that for the new jobs.

The Mountain Democrat reported the following in its Dec. 12 edition:

“Establishing new positions and classifications of employees further requires some modifications to “maintain equity within the county salary schedule.” Thus, Kim Kerr as assistant CAO and Daniel Nielson, director of the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, received salary adjustments of approximately 5 percent, according to the documents. The potential for a negative ripple effect over some salary adjustments drew a stern response from Auditor-Controller Joe Harn both during the meeting and in an e-mail sent later the same day.”

Harn had complained that the proposed third-ranking position of assistant director for administration and finance in the new agency would be hired at a higher salary than that of  his own chief assistant. He added that his assistant has a greater degree of responsibility and a higher level of professional training than the minimum required for the Community Development job.

In a related agenda item Tuesday, outgoing District 1 Supervisor John Knight attempted to rectify what Harn called an inequity by recommending a 5 percent raise for several managers in Harn’s office. The board turned down that request as well.

Other community members had voiced strong opposition to the salary increases along with their opposition to the formation of the Community Development Agency.

Before the vote, Sue Taylor scolded the board for “increasing your departments while the private sector is taking pay cuts.”

Carol Louis was even harsher, accusing “elected officials of padding salaries and pensions… for department heads who don’t do their jobs. A 5 percent increase is outrageous at this time,” Louis said.

District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting had opposed the salary increases two weeks earlier and had voted no on the proposal for the new agency. The latter vote, he explained, was not against its creation but rather against hiring all three new positions at the outset. Tuesday, Nutting initially urged the board to reject any and all pay increases and include them in budget salary negotiations next year.

Contact Chris Daley at 530-344-5063 or cdaley@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @CDaleyMtDemo. 

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Discussion | 8 comments

  • Jim RiordanDecember 21, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    Bravo for you Sue Taylor and you Carol louis . . If thy want more money letem go get a job that pays more. Too bad for your "last kiss" Knight. Thanks again Ray for stopping these BS raises at a time when we should be tightening our belts, not let fat roll over the top of 'em.

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  • Jim RiordanDecember 21, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    OOps should have re-checked my spelling. Greedy bureaucrats make my fingers twitch. Let's try again: Bravo for you Sue Taylor and you Carol louis . . If they want more money let em go get a job that pays more. . . . Oh, sorry, the private sector would probably never pay that much in salaries and bloated benefits. Too bad for your "last kiss" Knight. Thanks again Ray for stopping these BS raises at a time when we should be tightening our belts, not letting fat roll over the top of 'em.

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  • James SmithDecember 21, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Citizens should be even more outraged at the County employees being appointed to these and other highly paid Department Head positions who lack the correct credentials, are completely inexperienced and incompetent.

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  • J. OthersideDecember 21, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Perhaps EID should take a long hard read of these events and act accordingly.

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  • cookie65December 22, 2012 - 6:51 am

    Anyone ever notice how many administrative officers every agency has? Anyone ever notice how many agencies we have? Anyone ever notice how many departments each agency has? Anyone ever notice how many administrative officers for each department for every agency we have? And the low informantion electorate thinks the rich stole their money. You can't make this stuff up.

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  • Sue TaylorDecember 24, 2012 - 3:46 am

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/20/5068418/see-the-1000-highest-paid-city.html#disqus_thread

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  • EvelynDecember 24, 2012 - 6:31 am

    from above link - EL DORADO COUNTY’S HIGHEST-PAID WORKERS, INCL. BENEFITS (Sac Bee 12/20/12): • Mental Health Dir $346,218 • Sheriff/Coroner/Public Admin $287,806 • County Counsel $241,780 • Auditor-Controller $247,742 • Assessor $238,670 • Surveyor $209,108 • Sheriff’s Capt $256,425 • Sheriff’s Capt $253,444 • Public Defender $231,154 • Asst Director Health Services $224,740 • Treas/Tax Collector $222,632 • DA $221,028 • Sherriff’s Lt $236,042 • Under Sheriff $229,029 • Sheriff’s Lt $233,823 • Sheriff’s Lt $228,912 • CAO $212,627 • Sheriff’s Lt $220,688 • Sheriff’s Lt $231,180 • Chief Asst County Counsel $213,133 • Director of Environmental Mgt $188,400 • Sheriff’s Lt $204,781 • Chief Asst Auditor/Controller $190,739 • Investigator (DA) $200,484 • Sheriff’s Sgt $201,902 • Sheriff’s Lt $212,336 • Dir Child Support Services $184,313 • Dir Transp $187,315 • Sheriff’s Sgt $201,363 • Asst Dir Transp $189,415 • Dir Health & Human Services $185,621 • Chief Asst Dir Health/Human Services $176,995 • Chief Asst Public Defender $195,224 • Dir Development Services $186,033 • Chief Probation Officer $204,782 • Sheriff’s Sgt $198,831 • County Recorder/Clerk $184,143 • Sheriff’s Sgt $180,234 • Public Health Officer $187,527 • Sheriff’s Sgt $174,974 • Sheriff’s Sgt $192,401 • Deputy Sheriff II $174,092 • Deputy DA IV $172,461 • Asst DA $178,497 ********** Median household income Sacramento region = $55,000

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  • EvelynDecember 24, 2012 - 7:06 am

    The EDC 2011 total pay & benefits for the above 44 highest-paid county employees = $9.3 MILLION.

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