Grand Jury slams Supervisor salaries
The Humboldt County Grand Jury released a report Tuesday criticizing salaries paid to the county Board of Supervisors.
The BoS voted themselves a pay raise in September 2008 in a 3-2 vote with Jimmy Smith and Johanna Rodoni dissenting.
The GJ found Humboldt Supes are paid 29% higher than counties with similar populations, and “78% higher than the average salary of the surrounding and regional counties with similar economies and governance structure.”
The report also targeted additional longevity pay, which is currently earned by just one member of the BoS, Bonnie Neely.
The GJ recommends the supes:
- decrease their salaries for the 2011 fiscal year,
- do away with longevity pay,
- allow a third party such as the Grand Jury to determine salaries.
At least two members of the Grand Jury are supporters of Neely challenger Virginia Bass. Secretary Lee Ulansey and member Robert Morris each donated $1,500 to the Bass campaign.