Monday, April 18, 2016

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.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

This is absolutely shameful. I am embarrassed for our city. There is no excuse for not having police and fire contracts in place as they should be. Righeimer lied throughout when indicating that "we are negotiating with the fire department and they want everything". They hadn't spoken in 16 months. I am placing personal blame for this horrible mess squarely on Righeimer's shoulders. He has placed this city in jeopardy, and as far as I'm concerned its crises. Homes and cars are broken into nightly, businesses are being broken into, prostitutes and pimps all over Harbor Blvd., etc. I can go on and on. Sick and tired of our beautiful community being turned into Santa Monica, on many levels. Kids used to play outside, or ball in the streets. No longer. We don't even have enough cops to stop car racing which is prevalent all over the city now.

Its time for a change. Remember in November.

4/18/2016 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

Horrendous overtime is a killer! Just ask Jimmy Owen's family about how Jimmy put in the equivalent of 20-some years' worth of overtime during his 30-year career as a fire-fighter. Jimmy died on the job at age 56! Our city council needs to get its act together and sign some contracts so that the PD can bring the department up to full staffing and let our police officers take a break.

4/18/2016 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

So if Riggy and Mensy make nearly $34,000 a year for their part-time job, I wonder what their full-time job of being A-holes bring in?

4/19/2016 11:56:00 AM  

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