Friday, September 17, 2010

San Mateo County's city managers earn more than counterparts in Santa Clara, Alameda counties

By Mike Rosenberg
San Mateo County Times
The executives charged with leading cities across San Mateo County earn an average of $233,000 in total pay, more than most of their counterparts in other counties, new figures show.

Total pay for a dozen full-time city managers of local cities with more than 10,000 residents ranged from $198,000 to $282,000 last year.

More than 400 city managers from throughout California last week provided the League of California Cities with their take-home pay and fringe benefits listed on their 2009 W-2 forms.
The figures do not include health insurance or retirement fund perks.

But it's unclear where Peninsula bosses stack up with their peers around California since officials have not tabulated averages of pay statewide, saying it would not be fair because job demands vary from town to town.

A Times analysis shows the average pay for mangers of comparable cities in Santa Clara County was lower, at $226,000.

It was even less for bosses of similar Alameda County cities, where the average pay was $218,000.

But in Contra Costa County, the average is $237,000, boosted by two chiefs who earned more than $310,000.

In Marin County, there was only one full-time city manager listed from a community with more than 15,000 people: San Rafael, where the top executive earned $191,000.

In San Mateo County, the highest paid city manager was Pat Martel of Daly City -- the county's largest community.


Posted by Steve Sinai

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