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Public Records Request seeks County salaries

Humboldt County was hit with another Public Records Request recently, this time from the Bay Area News Group. The PRA seek salary information on Humboldt County employees.

Humboldt County Risk Manager Amy Nilsen notified county employees and elected officials of the PRA Tuesday morning. She said the request was sent to all California counties, special districts and school districts. The results will be posted on the San Jose Mercury News website.

Readers will recall that a Humboldt County Grand Jury report last year criticized county supervisors for drawing higher salaries than similarly populated counties (though the report carried a stench of political motivation).

Below are the PRA particulars.

(1) employee last name,

(2) employee first name and middle initial,

(3) employee job title,

(4) employee department,

(5) employee base pay for 2010 before any deductions,

(6) gross employee overtime pay for calendar 2010,

(7) other taxable payments that contribute to gross pay if any, such as uniform allowance, bi-lingual, shift-differential , etc., and in the case of employees who left the entity’s employment in 2010 payment of unused sick, vacation, compensatory and personal time.

(8) gross 2010 total pay before any deductions,

(9) the employer’s cost of all medical, dental and vision benefits, including employer’s share and contributions paid on behalf of the employee,

(10) the employer’s share of pension payments,

(11) any share of the employee’s pension contribution paid by the employer,

(12) any payments to any deferred compensation or other types of retirement plans by the employer,

(13) the cost to the employer for long term disability, life, Medicare and Social Security insurance,

(14) any additional monetary costs (excluding accrued vacation, sick and compensatory time) directly related to the 2010 cost of employment of the individual employee.

  1. Andrew Bird
    June 15, 2011 at 12:25 am

    The San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group – owned by the same company that owns the Times-Standard: MediaNews Group.

  2. Jim Ferguson
    June 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I wonder how far down the food chain they are legally required to go?

  3. June 15, 2011 at 7:25 am

    This partly goes back to a proposal to donate part of the supervisor’s salary to local non-profit causes…..then the “public employee” deck of cards started to fall like “Pretty Maids all in a row”.

    Did someone say pensions too?

    Anyhow, here in HC, more political newsworthy issues are to be reported that many folks have no idea exist. Now, if the T-S is heavily liberal, and if the board of supes is becoming heavily non-liberal, it would not surprise me to see liberals spearhead the attempts to lower elected officials’ wages and benefits before the conservatives do….while all us independents just laugh all the way back to the ballot booths next election go-around.

    The political problem = It is the duolopoly sillies. It does no good to try and convince a duolopolist of anything as their political inbreeding does nearly the same things as human inbreeding. Now, those folks who are registered as either of the duopoloy…..well, they have some internal contemplations to consider since their historical voting records prove it is “they” (Donkey pinners and elephant riders) who have “given fuel” to America’s social unrest. It is one side versus another side with a bunch of non-participants viewing from outside the inner duopolist circle. Sad that so many vasals and minions exist and for what, self esteem, lola.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  4. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 9:15 am

    No wonder health care costs are so high, for 2008 the majority of the first 30 pages are health care employees and the salary scale is all over $200k/yr.

  5. Plain Jane
    June 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Where is that information located, 9:15?

  6. The Big Picture
    June 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

    HSU’s top officials retire with $10,000 per month plus medical benefits?

    It wouldn’t be so bad if public employment rewarded intellectual honesty over self-censorship.

  7. June 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The Pres and his henchmen are grossly overpaid. They don’t seem to notice.

  8. retired guy
    June 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I may be wrong here, but I believe salary scales are public info (by job classification) but not by employee name, per se. In other words, if you know the employees job classification, you can get the salary range for that job. Most jobs have a five range scale with about 5% between ranges. Department heads and elected officials are generally not on a five range scale. They have a flat rate that can be changed by the Board. The Board flips a coin for their salary (kidding).

    Generally speaking, county employees are not overpaid. State employees for example make quite a bit more for doing the same or similar work. Now, if you compare their salaries to “private industry”, it really depends on who you use for comparison purposes. Large employers (Green Diamond,hospitals and utilities) or small employers (Piersons, local law offices some franchise operations). Using private industry can be hard, as there are not too many private employers, for instance, that have police officers or probation officers to compare to.

    Anyway, it’s involved and not simple to properly do. Don’t jump to conclusions when looking at county salaries.

  9. Mitch
    June 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    The other important point to recognize is that the actual productivity of an employee base depends critically on the ability of management. So you can have a staff of people who would love, as we all would, to deliver value for money, and still get a total output of slightly less than zero if you have management like that at some local agencies.

    Unfortunately, neither the Board of Supervisors nor the local unions have shown any interest in surveys which would determine what employees think of managers. The union wants higher pay and doesn’t care what the employees actually do; it was severely burned during a long ago strike. The Board of Supervisors doesn’t seem to see much advantage to its members’ careers in actually getting off its collective ass and running the county.

  10. Mitch
    June 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Oh, forgot to mention, our heroic local press holds everyone’s feet to the fire, so none of this is a problem.

  11. June 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    retired guy: No, they have to give you salary information by name if that’s what you ask for. That was settled in IFPTE v. Superior Court, a 2007 California Supreme Court case.

    I did a similar request right after that case was won, if you’re interested

  12. June 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    retired guy: No, they have to give it to you by name if that’s what you ask for. That was settled in IFPTE v. Superior Court, a 2007 California Supreme Court case.

    I did a similar request right after that case was concluded, if y’all interested.

  13. June 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    (Apologies, browser crashage/weirdness.)

  14. retired guy
    June 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks for the update re: IFPTE v. Superior Court. I’ve been retired for awhile and am not up on all the new government human resources laws. Try to get this info from a private company. Government info is pretty forthcoming when you get right down to it.

  15. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    -Where is that information located, 9:15?

    It’s located on the link to the SJ Mercury News, it’s for the Bay Area.

  16. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Bay Area News Group has a nice database of county employees in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

  17. June 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    The Big Picture says:
    June 15, 2011 at 11:00 am
    HSU’s top officials retire with $10,000 per month plus medical benefits?

    It wouldn’t be so bad if public employment rewarded intellectual honesty over self-censorship.

    Response: It would not be nearly as bad for not those uneducated types who seek college degrees and over-pay the launderers their extortion charges for “higher” education that supposedly prepares any individual for future employments, but alas, no guarantees of either preparedness or future jobs (career). Yet, look at all those with degrees who run the economy and it is failing; yet, look at all the sophisticated wannabe’s with college degrees who are public officials who apparantly are doing a good job for those whose educated guesses rendered their penmanship to check the ballot box for election purposes; Yet, look at all the dreamers who go to school to become something of human benefit (if that dream exists at that time after playing the education game by the rules) – they don’t “en masse strike” not go to school because of professor salaries…….Too many people will “scab at it” when en masse others strike at it – The system wins until enough vicitms exist.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

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