The article touches on all the difficulties of being a city manager, including labor contracts, pensions, revenues vs. expenses, streets, sewers, water – all done with a political savvy and an ability to deal with a city council.
From the O.C. Watchdog:
“If you can do the job for half price without sinking the city financially or shooting yourself or the city council politically, have at it! I only have 18 years of schooling and a lot of post grad work. Probably you’re twice as good with half the background and experience and hey…that’s what you get for half the money.”
Kogerman’s report found that the average compensation for big-city city managers in OC was $292,651; for midsized cities, it was $272,573; and for the smallest cities, it was $262,196. Laguna Hills – which had the highest-compensated city manager in the Kogerman Count – has dismissed the report as an attack piece; while the director of the graduate program that supplied the students who gathered the data defended their work.
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