Sheriff Bill Gore. Photo by Ken Stone

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved raises for four elected officials, including Sheriff Bill Gore.

The board set pay hikes for Ernest Dronenburg, the assessor/recorder/county clerk, District Attorney Summer Stephan, and Dan McAllister, treasurer/tax collector.

According to the board agenda, the raises, divided among the officials, will cost:

  • $20,131 for the first year
  • $13,122 for fiscal year 2020-21
  • $13,384 for fiscal year 2021-22, and
  • $32,556 for fiscal year 2022-23

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher cast the lone no vote. He said the board has “a lot of pressing priorities,” and raises for elected officials shouldn’t be one of them.

Several county workers asked for the board for a comprehensive study of all employee classifications, not just elected officials.

David Garcias, president of the local Service Employees International Union chapter, said county workers make sure that residents receive vital services. Competitive pay is crucial, he argued.

“We’re sixth out of sixth in pay out of the (Southern California) counties,” Garcias said. “The board has repeatedly forgotten those workers. Retain the best and the brightest – that should be your motto.”

Garcias maintained that the board should table any raise requests until completing the study.

Supervisor Greg Cox said the raises represent a modest increase for the officials. He noted that Gore, Stephan, McAllister and Dronenburg received no salary increase in 2015 or 2017. Rank-and-file employees, though, have received a 3% increase on a yearly basis.

– City News Service

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