The scandal over the outrageous, $800,000-a-year salary of the now-departed Bell city manager has generated considerable curiosity over what top city executives make elsewhere.
Bay Area residents are in luck. This news organization in 2007 took to court an Oakland public employee union that sought to block disclosure of their wages and won. (Yes, we had to sue all the way to the Supreme Court to get access to public information. Go figure.)
We started posting salaries online in 2007 and we have continued to expand and update the database. Click here to check it out.
But numbers only tell a part of the story, of course. The ability to compare wages between cities or among those in a particular job classification is a more revealing exercise.
To that end, with the help of our database guru, Daniel Willis, I compiled a list of 62 Bay Area city and town managers and their 2009 compensations. (See below.) I ranked the managers by total compensation, city population and compensation per capita.
My Sunday column is devoted to the subject but in the interim, here is the spreadsheet.