"In a city - and nation - that's underwater, it just may be the 'first responder'
lifeguards in Newport Beach, CA who are earning their pay."
THE WONDERFUL LIFE OF BEING A LIFEGUARD IN THE
CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
By Adam Andrzejewski
August 25, 2015
It's a great town... the lifeguards make up to $211,912; secretaries to the city bosses make nearly $100,000; refuse workers make three times the national median wage; and 31 city employees out-earn every governor.
We all missed the memo in high school - that job posting for the City of Newport Beach California.
Locally, in California, the lifeguards are viewed more as first responders and as such are handsomely compensated. In the past five years, lifeguard pay and perks have ranged from $101,000 up to $211,000!
But in the wealthy enclave of Newport Beach, it isn't just lifeguards who are highly compensated. It pays its 1,180 employees very, very well...
According to the data posted at OpenTheBooks.com:
- The City Manager has a comp package of $248,891 plus another $63,000 plus in benefit costs - we assume that job doesn't involve rescuing swimmers in dangerous surf.
- In 2013, 31 city employees earned more than any governor in the nation - including the Deputy City Manager ($207,658), Municipal Operations Director ($237,351), City Attorney ($241,081), Assistant City Manager ($198,707), Public Works Director ($189,417), and Community Development Director ($189,417), Recreation & Senior Service Director ($180,549), and many other bureaucratic positions.
- A fire division chief - one of many 'fire division chiefs' - cost taxpayers $263,189.
And then there are the highly compensated rank-and-file workers: secretaries, 'permit technicians,' 'animal control officers' and many more...
Newport Beach, CA has a $273 million underfunded city pension fund. But, the employees still think they are under-paid.
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