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The $100,000 Club at Livermore City Hall

Annual survey shows 164 city employees earned more than $100,000 last year.

About one in four city employees in Livermore earned more than $100,000 in salary last year, according to an annual report.

The survey of public employee salaries by the Bay Area News Group shows 164 of Livermore's 599 municipal employees received a six-figure salary in 2010.

The bulk of those employees work in the city's and earned tens of thousands of dollars in overtime and other extra compensation.

The top pay went to City Manager Linda Barton, who had a base salary of $225,427. She took in an extra $51,000 last year, mainly by cashing in unused vacation time, to bring her total salary to $276,435. With medical, pension and other benefits, Barton's compensation package came to $350,999 last year.

Next was Police Chief Steve Sweeney, who had a base salary of $184,658 and a gross salary of $204,106. His total compensation with benefits was $292,723.

City Attorney John Pomidor's base salary was $195,363 and total salary was $198,223. His total compensation was $267,730.

Barton said Livermore salaries are in line with cities of about 80,000 residents. She also noted city employees have not had a pay raise in three years. She said it's important to pay municipal employees a fair wage.

"These people are highly skilled, talented individuals," she said.

Dozens of police officers also were high on the salary list.

The highest was police Sgt. John Hurd, who boosted his base salary of $107,601 with $77,730 in "other" compensation, which is listed as other cash payments, including overtime.

Sgt. Joshua Ratcliffe increased his base salary of $107,601 with $62,881 in extra compensation.

Police officer Kevin Utpadel earned $65,286 in other compensation on top of his base salary of $86,518.

Police officer Gregory Fuller took in $70,937 in extra compensation on top of his base salary of $86,518.

Barton said the overtime and other costs are necessary because there are 20 vacant positions in the Police Department due to injuries and people leaving the force.

"That has a big impact on the department," she said. "When something happens, people need to step in. People expect to see a police officer there when something happens."

In the , which is separate from the city, there were three employees who earned more than $100,000 last year.

Timothy Barry, the district's general manager, took in $147,827 in total salary in 2010 with a total compensation package of $200,193.

Assistant General Manager John Lawrence earned $107,904 last year with $137,745 in total compensation.

, a former senior park supervisor who retired from the district in December, took in $102,614 in salary and $140,171 in total compensation.

The district has 465 employees. Of those, 61 are full time while 35 are part time with benefits. The rest are temporary part-time employees without benefits.

Barry said the pay for district employees is similar to that of those who work for other agencies of a like size. He said there is a good deal of expertise and experience among the workers.

"We provide a good value for the taxpayers," he said.

The district's budget this year was $16.7 million. Half of its revenue comes from property tax while the other half is fees and charges for classes and other services.

The district has laid off four full-time employees and two part-time workers in the past year.

Sue April 30, 2011 at 05:30 AM
Oh I am so sorry-I did NOT see the article where the patch got it from. I will stand corrected and let you know-to work in a library YOU DO need a college degree and above. No I am Not sue G. sue is NOT just a librarian so get it right
Community Watch April 30, 2011 at 07:28 PM
This is another example of excessive salaries in the public sector. People are struggling to meet expenses and yet the City of Livermore continues to plunder taxpayer goodwill. The City of Livermore struggles to maintain its infrastructure...but still can afford to pay over 600 employees more than $56 Million dollars in total compensation, which does not include facilities, capital equipment and other expenses? This level of compensation is unsustainable and will only lead to further reductions in local services. It is time to replace City leadership with members that are responsible, ethical AND accountable. The days of public sector looting are coming to an end. It is time to reduce the City of Livermore salaries and lay off significant numbers of employees… An employee base of 300 is much more reasonable for a city with a population of approximately 86,000. Do we really need ONE City employee for every 140 residents? Taxpayers are tired of being robbed by their government. If you are in doubt, research the public employee salary database…the City of Livermore staff includes a “Reprographic Technician” who costs the City more than $100,000 per year (this person makes copies). This is just one of dozens of examples of how the public sector misrepresents the truth so they can continue pillaging from the taxpayers.
Fletch May 01, 2011 at 04:00 PM
You know what's really bankrupting the state? It's not the pensions that we pay to those people who sacrifice a lot for the betterment of the city and it's citizens, it's the tax break we give to the Mega wealthy Corporations who are then supposed to let their savings "trickle down" to those below them. Doesn't seem like a quantum leap to figure out that huge tax breaks on companies like Chevron, who posts Billions of dollars of profit every year, would be leading to our cash flow problem here in California. Oh I know, lets take a poke at the easy targets like police officers who put their lives on the line to save our behinds. Crazy!
Speedie B May 03, 2011 at 04:07 PM
U.S. corporate tax rates are the second highest in the world. Adding a greater tax burden will drive even more businesses overseas. Private companies realized many years ago that pensions were going to drag their businesses down, so most have eliminated pensions and replaced them with incentive programs designed to have the employee assist in contributing to their own retirement plans and relieve part of that burden. Government needs to take the learning from the private sector and eliminate pensions for new hires and stop the pension spiking and continued medical benefits after early retirement. Everyone should be contributing to their own retirement plans and not relying on taxpayer dollars to fund them. Some of the salaries mentioned in this article do not seem out of line when compared to the similar expertise in the private sector. However, this type of talent in the private sector is salaried and not subject to overttime at a higher rate. In addition, there is no pension and group medical coverage stops within months of retiring. All these 'perks' are what's contributing to bankrupting the State.
Mike in Springtown May 04, 2011 at 09:44 AM
Jaime it looks like you got the right Sue and yes it should make everyone sick that they have to close the library so they can pay her. Now that we only have 1 library she should only get 1/2 that amount

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