Not to pick on any one individual, but across the state the pay of local government officials has grown all out of proportion to their real worth.
There was a time when working for local governments was an underpaid task. Finding people to leave the private sector for government service was difficult.
But then local governments began to load up on benefits — paid insurance and multiple days of leave and vacation — to compensate for the lower pay scale. The argument at that time was the benefits would offset the lower pay and help attract better staff members.
Now, however, those benefits remain and the pay scales have jumped off the charts. If you want to make a good salary today, just go to work for some government agency in a mid to high-level position. The pay and job security is typically much better than you will find in the private sector.
But it’s out of whack. Jobs in the private sector with similar qualifications pale in comparison to what is paid by many local governments.
Of course, everyone in the public sector thinks they are paid what they’re worth, but just because someone thinks that does not make it so.
Too many local governments have become insider games where officials have greased the system to take care of their compensation and the compensation of those around them. The result is inflated salaries being paid for by taxpayers.
The real question here is where are the elected officials who are supposed to police that? Why aren’t they asking these questions?
Go-along elected officials have allowed this to happen. Maybe someday, they’ll grow a backbone and start asking questions about it.
How true! Having formerly worked in the government sector it is a shame that some of the `management' positions and elected officilas are making the obsene amounts from jobs that are supposed to be public servant positions. Government officials are paid much the same as church ministers are paid: through the funding and generosity of those they are supposed to be serving. Therefore they should never be making more than the median income of the working folks in there sphere of responsibility.
Actually ,most of the highest paid salaries in local and state govt. are paid to those mid and upper level managers who have been on the force for 15-20 years ,have suffered hard times ,and low pay and are only making the big money in their last few years before they retire. And as for benefits...they have NOT remained.most govt. employees have been steadily losing good benefits for the last 10 years.Most low and mid level govt. employees make far far less than someone in a compareable job in the private sector.You all should learn before you speak so ignorantly.