Michael Covert is earning an excess of $1 million in compensation per year as the top official of a public agency serving health-care needs in Poway and Escondido.

The top official at Palomar Pomerado Health receives a base salary of $736,000 a year and his pay pushes past $1.1 million in retirement, bonuses and other benefits, according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Public employee generated response: “What would he earn in the private sector?”

From the Union-Tribune:

The compensation package is in the median range of his private and nonprofit counterparts and places Covert among the elite among public employees.

“A million dollars sounds pretty good to anybody, but my view is, pay a lot and expect a lot,” said Bruce Krider, the health-care district chairman. “You can’t have some mediocre public servant. You need somebody that has got vision, that can see the issues that are most important and put it all together.”

What’s your take? Is $1 million too much for any public employee? Or is his salary completely justified? Email your responses to jspencer@publicceo.com.