The cartoon by Robert Light was in response to a report done by CBS13 about the high salaries of city managers. It shows the reporter trying to ask De La Rosa about his salary of $130,000.
Apparently, De La Rosa never returned calls, emails or reponded to a personal visit.
Depicted on the left side of the cartoon is Isleton’s City Manager Bruce Pope. CBS13 reported that Pope made $108,000 as City Manager of the city with a population of 840.
Isleton told the reporter then: “It’s a legitimate question I think for the taxpayers, the voters, to ask. ‘What do we pay them? What does a city manager do?'”
Here’s the question I will pose to our PublicCEO audience and post answers at a later time:
Is this cartoon fair?
Why couldn’t De La Rosa address the matter and defend his salary? On the other hand, is this more witch hunting over city managers’ compensation? The $130,000 a year figure is not unreasonable.
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