The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved forward with approving an annual 3 percent cost of living bump to their salaries, which will increase from $97,327 to $100,247.
The 4-1 vote, which came with no discussion and Supervisor Peter Adam dissenting without explanation, will also implement a 2.5 percent increase in contributions to their health insurance plans.
Back in 2015, the supervisors voted to peg their cost-of-living increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim area, but cap it at 3 percent. The current CPI is 4.1 percent. Though the supervisors’ salaries will now crack the six-figure mark, they’re less than those in comparable counties, like Ventura, where the board is paid just under $126,000. They also pale in comparison to Santa Barbara’s highest-paid public employees.
According to county records for 2018, the top five employee base salaries, not including overtime or benefits, belong to:
1. Mona Miyasato, County Executive Officer ($264,696)
2. Dr. Ole Behrendtsen, Medical Director for Outpatient Services ($263,259)
3. Dr. Robert Shubinski, Psychiatrist ($245,764)
4. Dr. Jonah Shull, Psychiatrist ($242,115)
5. Dr. Polly Baldwin, Family Medicine Physician ($240,266)
The top five salaries, including overtime and benefits, are:
1. John George, Fire Captain ($442,968)
2. Michael Czuleger, Firefighter ($403,864)
3. Mona Miyasato, County Executive Officer ($396,246)
4. Dr. Ole Behrendtsen, Medical Director for Outpatient Services ($396,046)
5. Tyler Gilliam, Fire Captain ($384,149)