10:54 PM PST on Thursday, January 6, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has sent dismissal notices to 10 employees since taking office on Monday, including several workers in the executive division created by Rod Pacheco.

Among those in the list of dismissal notices sent by the Riverside County Human Resources Department on Thursday were assistant district attorneys Chuck Hughes and Sara Danville, and chief deputy district attorney Miguel Valdovinos.

Based on a staff hourly formula of $97.28 an hour for Hughes and Danville, their salaries were about $202,342. Valdovinos made about $177,964.

Also served with dismissal was Victims Services Assistant Director Maylin Chavez-Navarro, at an annual salary of $61,422.

Among those listed from the executive division were the two remaining of its three public information officers, Michael Jeandron and John Hall; legislative administrator Kelly Jay; and program manager Amy McKenzie.

Also listed were administrative services supervisors Michele Gonzales and Sharon Campbell.

Jeandron earned $67,496 a year and Hall earned about $75,000. Jay also earned about $75,000 a year and McKenzie $63,000. Gonzales earned about $63,000 a year and Campbell nearly $67,000.

The information was obtained through a California Public Records Act request filed by The Press-Enterprise.

The Human Resources Department also disclosed the salaries of three former members of the office returning with Zellerbach. Creg Datigand Mike Soccio are both in as chief deputy district attorneys, each at an annual salary of about $178,000.

Jeff Van Wagenen will be a temporary employee for the district attorney’s office at just under $139,000.

Zellerbach had said about a dozen employees would be dismissed when he took office. During his campaign last spring that ended in the defeat of one-term incumbent Pacheco, Zellerbach said he would dismantle the executive division.

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