Highest paid government bureaucrat in CA

….The name of the highest paid government worker in California (in 2009) is:
(drumroll):

Dennis Diemer, who made $420,220 in 2009.
Diemer said his salary was not always that high. He spiked it by more than $100,000 by cashing in 30 years of “unused vacation pay.” He will be retiring soon. No word on his pension.

I know water is a complicated issue in California, but is it that complicated to warrant almost half a million dollars to one guy in one water/utility agency in the Bay Area?

Thanks to John Chiang, controller, who is publishing the salaries (wages, compensation from cashed out vacation time) from these bureaucrats “box 5″ on their tax return (this is from their W-2 form).
You can go online and check out what your city manager or city clerk is getting paid. I did and found that most city clerks get more than $100,000 a year. Hmm, that’s a lot of dough to take and write minutes of a meeting and hand out public documents (or prevent them from being handed out) to the public.

But maybe I’m a cheapskate.

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I love journalism. I've been working in journalism for 32 years. I love communicating and now, that includes writing about environment, transportation and the foothill/Puente Hills communities of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Walnut and Diamond Bar. I write a couple of columns, one on fridays in Opinion and the other, The Green Way, in the main news section. Send me ideas for stories. Or comments. I was opinion page editor for 12 years so I enjoy a good opinion now and then.

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