My former Sacramento Bee colleague Ed Fletcher wrote an interesting piece that spotlights the difficulty of determining fair comparisons in local government compensation.

The article centered around El Dorado County’s reporting of comensation numbers to a Bee inquiry. The “longevity” increase pushed El Dorado County Administrator Gayle Erbe-Hamlin’s annual salary from $180,000 to $202,545.

The new salary figure boosted the county’s ranking of current top executive pay from 13to to 10th highest in the Sacramento region among city managers and county administrators.

The county said its goal was not to mislead the public, though Don Atkinson, president of the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, told the Bee he had  “serious doubts that it was unintentional.”

The point of the article though is to represent the difficulty in trying to get, as Fletcher put it, apple-to-apple comparisons between local government entities. An issue the state Controller’s office will face as well.

It will be interesting to see how the Controller’s Office handles the issue.

Read Fletcher’s entire article here.