Skip to comments.Bell (California) City Manager Makes Nearly $800,000 A Year
Posted on 07/19/2010 6:44:21 PM PDT by Spktyr
One of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County has come under public scrutiny for paying its top officials some of the highest salaries in the nation, including almost $800,000 annually for its city manager.
The city of Bell pays Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo $787,637 annually, and also pays police Chief Randy Adams $457,000 a year, about 50 percent more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck or Sheriff Lee Baca make, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia is paid $376,288 annually, which is more than most city managers are paid. Rizzo, who has run Bells day-to-day civic affairs since 1993, was unapologetic about his salary, The Times reported.
If thats a number people choke on, maybe Im in the wrong business, Rizzo said. I could go into private business and make that money. This council has compensated me for the job Ive done.
Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez defended the salaries, and he and other City Council members told the newspaper that their city was near bankruptcy when Rizzo came aboard. Since then, they said, he has put Bell on sound financial footing, with its general fund nearly tripling to about $15 million.
Bell made headlines in recent weeks when the city of 37,000 agreed to take over operations of the neighboring city of Maywood, which fired most of its employees and disbanded its police department when it could not obtain insurance.
The salaries do not appear to violate any laws, but an investigation is being conducted, according to Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office.
Dave Demerjian, head of the offices Public Integrity Division said state law governs how much city council members can be paid, but not the amounts that council members decide to pay administrators.
The DAs office is investigating Bell over the hefty compensation amounts of its City Council members, about $100,000 a year for part-time positions. Normally, council members in a city the size of Bell would be paid about $400 a month, Demerjian said. The council has increased its compensation by paying members for serving on a variety of city agencies, and each member is paid $7,873 per month for sitting on the boards.
Geez. That’s all I can say; I am simply dumbfounded.
Yep, I spent the ages of 3 to 9 in Bell Gardens, which isn’t far from Bell, and the area was rough then(1951 when we left). I have heard many horror stories about what the area is like now and they couldn’t pay me enough to live there now.
But then you'd have to call yourself a dirty rotten scumbag capitalist.....how would you cope, poor darling?
but still you sent your comment about it to me. Please be more careful in the future.
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