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IS A CITY MANAGER WORTH $800,000? Bell isn’t a big town, or a wealthy one. But some of its top officials are paid two or three times as much as their counterparts elsewhere Source: Contracts between Rizzo and Bell Los Angeles Times $100,000 $200,000 $300,000 $400,000 $500,000 $600,000 $700,000 1993: $72,000 1998: $156,000 2002: $249,990 2005: $442,000 2010: $787,637 Robert Rizzo’s salary history as Bell’s chief administrative officer Bell, one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County, pays its top officials some of the highest salaries in the nation, including nearly $800,000 annually for its city manager, according to documents reviewed by The Times. In addition to the $787,637 salary of Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, Bell pays Police Chief Randy Adams$457,000 a year, about 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck or Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and more than double New York City’s police commissioner. Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia makes $376,288 annually, more than most city managers. Top officials have routinely received hefty annual raises in recent years. Rizzo’s contract calls for 12% raises each July, the same as his top deputy, according to documents obtained under the California Public Records Act. Rizzo, who has run Bell’s day-to-day civic affairs since 1993, was unapologetic about his salary. “If that’s a number people choke on, maybe I’m in the wrong business,” he said. “I could go into private business and make that money. This council has compensated me for the job I’ve done.” Spaccia agreed, adding: “I would have to argue you get what you pay for.” Bell Mayor Oscar Her- nandezdefended the salaries. “Our city is one of the best in the area. That is the result of the city manager. It’s not because Isay it. It’s because my community says it.” Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives Bell, A23] LABroadsheet_07-15-2010_A_1_A1_WEST_1_CMYK

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  1. The Los Angeles Times,
  2. 15 Jul 2010, Thu,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 1

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