Phil Matier: Oakland City Administrator Gets Top Pay Amidst Pay Cuts

OAKLAND (KCBS) — Oakland’s new city administrator starts her new job this week with a salary that’s $9,000 over top scale.

The KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said this comes as city workers have had their pay slashed.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier Comments:

Matier said along with a salary of $273,000, Deana Santana will have an extra couple of weeks of what’s called executive time off, which she can sell back to the city.

“You can imagine that the librarians and the gardeners and the cops and everybody else who has been dipping into their wallets to bail out the city is not too happy with this,” he said.

Matier said this doesn’t sit well with the workers or the tax payers. He pointed out that in San Francisco the new MUNI director was hired at $15,000 less than his predecessor, but he said Oakland seems to have a two-tier system for administrators and workers.

You can hear Phil Matier’s comments Monday through Friday at 7:50am and 5:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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  • Reality Check

    “but he said Oakland seems to have a two-tier system for administrators and workers.”

    Perhaps Chronicle Insider Phil Matier should educate himself. Most systems in use by cities and counties contain different bargaining units for management and other city employees. When you start talking about unique management positions such as department heads or the city manager they are the only member in that bargaining unit and negotiate directly for their compensation.

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