Oct 28, 2014
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Today, members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are set to decide whether to increase their annual salaries from $97,483 to $129,227 per year, a hike of about 33 percent.

If an ordinance is approved, on Jan.5 next year each supervisor will be paid $10,769 monthly, marking the Board of Supervisors’ first salary increase since 2007.

Going forward, the ordinance would also require the supervisors’ salaries to remain about 70-percent of what Contra Costa County Superior Court judges earn.

While the pay increase seems large, some county officials say it is long overdo.


Some union heads are reportedly opposed to the salary increase. The only supervisor to vote against a proposed increase was Candace Andersen, who told CBS News that she would feel more comfortable with a 2 or 3 percent increase.

“We lead by example, and I’ve spent the last two and a half years saying to employees, ‘I can’t compare our salaries for you…to some of these larger counties because we’re just in a different situation’,” she told CBS.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.