Item #5: SET SALARIES FOR THE ELECTED DEPARTMENT HEADS: ASSESSOR, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, AND SHERIFF FOR THE 2023-2027 TERM OF OFFICE
The department heads for Assessor, District Attorney and Sheriff salary renewals are due for the upcoming 2023- 2027 election term in June 2022. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in agreement with the salary adjustment for the position of Assessor, District Attorney, and Sheriff.
While the average county employee's monthly salary is $6,655.50 and the average Sacramento resident is $4,800, elected department heads are pulling in $18,000 - $27,000 PER MONTH. Meaning in just 3 months our public servants are pulling in more than their average constituent makes all year.
The paper work says "These salaries are based on the pay principles used for unrepresented County classes. The pay principles are established; using market comparisons by calculating the median salaries from the four larger and smaller counties, population, and the local labor market as well as internal salary relationships." - But this seems to be part of the issue. Back in 2020 Forbes reported that all over California taxpayers and community needs are being held hostage by high paid public employee's.
For every $1 the average Sacramento resident makes, our elected officials make $3-$5. While I'm sure many of these public servants work very hard, it does beg a few questions: Can we afford them? and....
Who do they work for? Also.... Is it fair that we regularly have people dying on the street, while the people in charge of helping them make exponentially more than the rest of us? Plus... With all the needs the community has right now....infrastructure....school funding...homelessness...affordable housing.....health care...does it make financial or ethical sense to pay our public servants over $100 per hour?
Lastly...anybody else noticing anything kind of homogenous about the county's top earners?