Jay Orr, County Executive Officer for Riverside County./CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 13 April 2012 05:53 PM

Riverside County’s newly appointed CEO could be paid a salary equal to that of his predecessor’s, according to a proposal to be discussed by county supervisors Tuesday.

Jay Orr, chosen last week to oversee a county government with nearly 18,000 employees, would be paid $275,546, the same as former CEO Bill Luna, and would be entitled to $16,900 in deferred compensation. The pay and benefits package is outlined in a recommendation from county Human Resources Director Barbara Olivier.

The Board of Supervisors also is scheduled Tuesday to consider a proposed contract with the Riverside County Law Enforcement Management Unit, a union representing public safety managers. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the board chambers at the County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St., Riverside.

By a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Jeff Stone dissenting, the board earlier this week chose Orr, the county’s assistant executive officer, from a pool of six finalists.

Luna stepped down in September, and retired CEO Larry Parrish has been filling in.

The salary recommendation for Orr is based on a survey of CEO pay in nine California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Clara and Ventura. Orr’s pay falls near the average among those counties, Olivier’s report states.

Orr’s assistant CEO salary is $240,004. The base pay for his new job would be less than the city mangers of Riverside — $280,500 — and Moreno Valley — $302,400 — according to Olivier’s report.

Factoring in base pay, deferred compensation and other benefits, Orr’s total compensation package would be worth $350,693.

At age 60, Orr, 55, is eligible for an annual pension equal to 3 percent of his highest salary multiplied by the number of years he’s worked for the county — 25 years so far.

Orr’s contribution to his retirement would be 4 percent of his salary through June 30 of this year and 8 percent after that.

He could accumulate a maximum of 1,800 hours of leave and would get an automobile allowance of $550 a month.

Orr’s career took him from the public defender’s office to assistant district attorney to his current job, which he started in 2008. Before that, the Corona resident led the county’s code enforcement department for two years.

Supervisor Marion Ashley said Orr’s pay and benefits are reasonable, especially given his new responsibilities and the county’s size and status as the fastest-growing county in California.

Also Tuesday, the county could approve a five-year contract with the law enforcement manager’s union, which represents 455 members in the Sheriff’s Department and the investigations unit of the district attorney’s office.

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