You’ll recall that last week we did a piece detailing how deep our County’s pension debt runs, and what the amount of pension debt per capita and per household is. You can revisit that post here: Humboldt County residents owe $4,702 per person towards County employees’ pension
We also promised that we’d come back with a list of a bunch of folks who are breaking the bank for not working at all – and thanks to your many requests, we’ve expanded that list of high-earning pensioners to a few organizations other than just the County of Humboldt.
Remember, there’s a simple solution to avoid making even more retirees worth millions at your expense – and it starts with telling your Supervisors to stand up to the union that is gouging the public’s wallets.
Here’s a list of the County’s top 10 pension earners, plus a few notables.
That rounds out just the Top 10 – check out the full list to see how many other people are more than tripling the average income for a Humboldt resident for not working! (Which isn’t that much of a change, considering that most County employees don’t do all that much work anyway.) There are a lot of familiar names in there, like Stephen Strawn, our former Treasurer, and former Auditor-Controller Michael Giacone. And who could forget Carolyn Crnich, Registrar of Voters. Wtf?
Now here’s a few notables:
Now, several of you were very interested in Humboldt State’s pensions, and then we’ll get into individuals that were requested. So, HSU (full list):
Turns out HSU’s pension debt is worse than the County’s when you look at number of earners above $100,000 per year. Also of note is that nearly all of those people worked as administrators, rather than teachers, which serves to highlight that top-level administrative bloat is fairly universal when it comes to any public institution in California.
Now here is another seemingly random individual that we were requested to highlight.
First off is John McFarland, a fire chief who got around! He magically retired from three different Fire Districts, which is great for pushing your pension through the roof. $118,000+ per year is one hell of a nest egg.
So, Humboldt, who else do you want to know about? Be warned that delving too deep into this can be an ordeal. It really sucks thinking about how, on the backs of the average Humboldt taxpayer who makes an average of $23,516 a year, so many publicly-employed people are making bank.
And the worst part is realizing that your Supervisors continue to approve these massively lucrative pensions for these people.