No fat to cut?
With Butte County projecting a budget shortfall of at least $9 million, cuts are going to have to come from somewhere. Efforts to renegotiate contracts and force workers to take time off so far have failed. Will county administrators look to cut back on the highest salaries? Unlikely. In the past, they have stated that doing so would actually cost more, since they wouldn’t be able to attract top-notch job candidates with sub-par wages.
In any case, here are the top 10 salaries at the county:
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) $153,319
County Counsel $146,248
Psychiatrist (Dept. Behavioral Health) $135,898
Asst. CAO $127,766
Director of Employment (Dept. Social Svcs.) $125,626
Health Officer (Dept. Behavioral Health) $122,182
Asst. County Counsel $121,736
District Attorney $121,736
Director, Behavioral Health $114,014