Employee Compensation And Benefits Report Available
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
The City of Costa Mesa 2015 Compensation and Benefits Report was finally released late last week and it makes for some interesting reading. You can read the PDF version HERE.
RANKED BY COST TO THE CITY
This list is ranked in order of total cost to the City. That means total pay plus the portion of the pension cost the city pays. It is NOT ranked in order of the actual pay each individual took home.
PUBLIC SAFETY LEADS THE WAY
It will come as no surprise to know that of the 766 people listed - active, terminated/retired - many of those receiving the most pay are in public safety, the police and fire services.
MANY FIREFIGHTERS NEAR THE TOP
Of the first 100 on the list, nearly 40% are in the fire service - again, that's no surprise. If you look down the list using the "overtime pay and hours" segment as your focus you'll understand why fire service folks are ranked so high. In addition to working 56 hour weeks, most also work ungodly overtime hours. As you scroll down that list you'll see hundreds of overtime hours listed.
DENIGRATED IN THE PAST
In years past certain bloviating elected officials would refer to the "$350,000 firefighter" as some kind of scarlet letter of greed. In fact, the men and women who work for the Costa Mesa Fire Department would MUCH prefer to NOT work so many overtime hours because they represent hours away from their families that they will never get back.
POLICE ALSO NEAR THE TOP
It's important to note that the Police Department staff also represents a large number of those near the top of the list. Chief Rob Sharpnack is #1 this year, for example.
STILL NO CONTRACTS
It's also important to note that both the police and fire groups are nearing two years without a contract. The police contract will be discussed by the City Council at the meeting on Tuesday, but negotiations with the fire organization is stalled.
TAKE YOUR TIME...
Take some time to scroll down the list. You'll find the information very interesting.