Grand Jury Report No. 1104 – Compensation for City Council and Special District Members

On April 21 the Contra Costa Grand Jury filed report 1104. It was titled “Elected Board Member – Public Servant or Public Employee?” The Grand Jury conducted a survey about compensation for elected officials that included board members of the 27 largest independent Special Districts and City Council members from all 19 cities. Information requested included: salary and/or meeting fees, health care insurance costs, pension or deferred compensation, life insurance premiums, car allowance or mileage, cell phone and/or internet access and travel & conference costs. The study discovered some rather large variances among the agencies in the survey.

“For example, while Martinez and Oakley both have similar populations of about 35,000 residents, the Martinez City Council total compensation is $131,326, while Oakley’s is only $28,544.

San Ramon with 60,000 residents pays $163,190 to its entire Council while Pittsburg, with slightly more residents, pays its council $40,035.

Richmond and Antioch, both with around 100,000 residents, pay their entire Councils $267,139 and $112,591 respectively.”

The average annual compensation for the entire City Council was $77, 895.

The average annual compensation for the entire board of a Special District was $34,784.

Besides Oakley’s City Council, two Special Districts that provide services to Oakley residents were included in the report, Diablo Water District and Ironhouse Sanitary District. The following tables, included in the report, summarize the compensation data.

I received a copy of the report via email, the City of Lafayette has posted it on their website, however, I could not find it in the Grand Jury website.


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Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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