Thank you for all your responses to this past weekend’s post about Redding requiring their top paid officials to contribute 2% of their salaries towards their highly lucrative retirement plans. By and large, we agree with the majority of you who got in touch.
We failed to mention within our post that if the County required the 50 highest paid employees to pay 2% back into their own retirement funds would save Humboldt almost $170,000 per year. But we did remember to mention that on our Facebook page (Go ahead, check it out and give us a “like” – we’ll send you some THC swag if you do!)
It was also suggested to us that we compare a few of the salaries of comparable positions between Eureka and Redding to drive home what a big difference this could make for Humboldt’s biggest city.
Before we do that, let’s quickly remind you that the most recent census estimates peg Eureka’s population at 27,226, and Redding’s population at 91,808. (That’s roughly 337.3% larger than Eureka’s population, by the way.)
Redding – Parks and Facilities Manager – $84,594.16 annual salary, $117,720.43 total compensation
Eureka – Parks and Rec Director (Miles Slattery) – $116,640.00 annual salary, $170,598.73 total compensation.
Redding – Finance Director – $128,395.86 annual salary, $205,020.19 total compensation
Eureka – Finance Director (Wendy Howard) – $117,481.77 annual salary, $181,303.86 total compensation
Redding – Personnel Director – $115,678.89 annual salary, $185,364.34 total compensation
Eureka – Personnel Director (Gary Bird) – $116,640.00, $157,038.13 total compensation
Redding – Public Works Director – $146,906.05 annual salary, $234,457.01 total compensation
Eureka – Director of Public Works (Brian Gerving) – $122,472.00 annual salary, $181,546.62 total compensation
Redding – City Attorney – $157,006.00 annual salary, $250,057.98 total compensation
Eureka – City Attorney (Cyndy Day-Wilson) – $154,856.00 annual salary, $218,678.25 total compensation
Unbelievably, Eureka’s top brass are earning salaries on par with their counterparts in Redding.
Even more unbelievable is that Redding’s annual operating budget for FY 2016-2017 was $293,728,740, while Eureka’s operating budget for 2016-2017 is $64,393,227.
Weird, huh? It’s almost like Eureka’s employee salaries are way more bloated than Redding’s – especially when you consider that Eureka has far more folks with the title of “Director”, and the high compensations that accompany those positions, than a city more than three times the size.
So, what are we paying these people so much for again?
Here’s a link to the full post we ran on Saturday: