New data details how much local government leaders earn

Sonora, Calif. – The State of California has released updated data regarding the amount of local county, city, and special district employee compensation.

State Comptroller Betty Yee releases the data to ensure transparency in communities up and down the state regarding the amount of taxpayer-funded positions. State data only lists positions, not names, but most are easy to identify because they are prominent government leaders. Government entities voluntarily report data.

For example, in Tuolumne County, the highest earner, with a total salary of $230,487, is county administrator, a position held by Tracie Riggs. She is followed by Deputy County Administrator Eric Erhardt with $213,130, and County Clerk-Auditor Comptroller Debi Bautista is at $206,353.

In Calaveras County, the top three earners are a pair of sergeants and a corporal, with the sheriff’s office earning over $244,000, $217,000, and $215,000. They are followed by the CAO who wins $210,087.

In Sonora, Police Chief Turu VanderWiel is the highest paid in terms of total salary, at $180,387, followed by Fire Chief Aimee New at $144,281. The city administrator is fourth with $138,500.

At Angels Camp, the town administrator is the highest paid at $194,957, followed by a police department sergeant who earns $125,403.

State data also includes TUD, Groveland Community Service District, ATCAA, Tuolumne County Transportation Board, Superior Courts and various others. You can use the state reporting system to view total salaries, as well as other health and retirement benefits received, for various government-funded positions by clicking here.

Total salary includes the amount paid by an employer over a 12-month period and takes into account any additional income such as overtime, bonuses and other allowances.