Government Compensation in California
The State Controller’s Office annually receives and publishes wage and fringe benefit information reported by local government agencies.
The information reported is on a calendar year basis (January 1 to December 31); cities, however, typically operate on a fiscal year basis (July 1 to June 30). The calendar year payment information reported for employees is technically accurate, but may show payroll disbursements for benefits earned by employees over the course of multiple fiscal years. An unfortunate failure of the State Controller's website is that it does not include informational notes to explain why payroll disbursements may appear to have increased, and if previous year adjustments were included in the current year amounts. As such, without appropriate explanations or consideration of the information presented, an incorrect conclusion could be reached regarding the amount of compensation received.
City Manager's and Management Compensation
Due to incorrect conclusions reached regarding compensation provided to the City Manager and certain management positions, the City engaged independent Certified Public Accountants to review payments made for calendar years 2010 through 2013 and to determine that those were approved by the City's Personnel Committee. To view the report, please click the link below.