Navy Supervisors and Senior Officials Get 3.2% Salary Increase
Supervisors, department heads and deputy department heads in Marin County will receive a 3.2% salary increase in fiscal year 2021-2022.
The increase is twice the increase that county employees represented by the task forces will receive. However, senior officials received no increase in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, while the groups represented received a 2.5% increase.
The cost to the county is $ 918,437, which includes $ 340,352 in one-time payments.
The supervisory board authorized the increases at its Tuesday meeting.
“I want to thank the department heads and deputy department heads for stepping up last year as we faced substantial budget deficits,” County Administrator Matthew Hymel said on Tuesday. “The 3.2% is still lower than the 4% the rest of the county’s non-sworn staff will have received.”
Most of the rest of the unrepresented employee group, including the 10 supervisor assistants, got a raise in fiscal year 2021.
County supervisors approved pay increases for unrepresented county employees at their meeting after approving eight new contracts with employees represented by labor organizations. All represented employees will receive a 1.5% salary increase in fiscal year 2021-2022.
Hymel told supervisors that those eight contracts, which also include one-time non-pensionable payments of $ 2,400 to each employee, will cost the county about $ 13.7 million over three years and represent an increase of 9.3 % of county costs.
Mary Hao, county employment director, recommended the 3.2% wage increase for department heads and deputy department heads “to avoid compaction between management and other represented employees.”
Hao said wage compaction occurs when the wages of subordinate employees approach and in some situations exceed the wages of their supervisors.
Hao said the average salary for unrepresented employees was $ 140,035. This compares to annual salaries of $ 115,676 for members of the Marin County Management Employees Association and $ 90,807 for members of the Marin Association of Public Employees.
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni noted – “just to make sure we have full disclosure here” – that county supervisors also belong to the unrepresented group of county employees.
Hymel said the salaries of supervisors will increase by 3.2% in a similar fashion in the 2021-2022 fiscal year “but this will be based on the order we have which determines their salaries.”
According to Marin County Code 2.48.015, salaries for supervisors are set at 60% of the salary of a Superior Court judge and increase each year by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index statistics work for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hymel said each of the supervisors would also receive a one-time payment of $ 2,400 “like all unrepresented employees,” although the county code does not mention anything about supervisors eligible for such a bonus.
In 2020, each of the supervisors received a base salary of $ 128,440. In addition, each supervisor received almost $ 9,600 for a car allowance. With the exception of supervisor Dennis Rodoni, all supervisors also received a small amount in ex officio fees for serving on other boards, committees and commissions.
As a result, Supervisor Judy Arnold received total gross compensation of $ 144,130 last year; Supervisor Katie Rice, $ 141,239; Supervisor Damon Connolly, $ 139,339; and Rodoni, $ 138,039.
Supervisors also received compensation in the form of retirement and health care benefits. These ranged from a low of $ 16,780 for Rodoni and Arnold to a high of $ 22,502 for Connolly.
As of September 17, supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters, who joined the board in January, had received total gross compensation of $ 94,996, including $ 1,600 in unused benefits. Moulton-Peters’ compensation for pension and health care benefits as of September 17 was $ 1,501.