Subscriber Special: THE WONDERFUL LIFE OF BEING A LIFEGUARD IN THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA

August 25, 2015 11:44 AM
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"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."


  Forbes
 
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.
 
 
Then, see your local salaries in California or across America in 34,000 municipalities - download our free 'Open The Books' mobile app for Apple and Android. 
 
Start searching today.
 
JOIN THE TRANSPARENCY REVOLUTION!

Matt
  
Matthew Tyrmand
Deputy Director


Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-f-ski)
Chairman, American Transparency


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