Greg Devereaux

In 2015, San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s total compensation was $549,803, up about $60,000 from the previous year, according to website Transparent California.

By Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 8:21 AM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday, June 21.

A survey of 45 cities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties shows the average full-time city worker received $127,730 in pay and benefits last year, according to data released by Transparent California, which has ties to a conservative think tank.

The group says that, in 2015, the five highest-compensated Inland city workers were: Fontana City Manager Ken Hunt ($453,620); Riverside Assistant Police Chief Christopher Vicino ($433,316); Palm Springs City Manager David Ready ($421,222); Ontario City Manager Al Boling ($419,640); and former Hemet City Manager Walter Hill ($414,163).

The Inland numbers are part of Transparent California’s data release for 379 cities and 42 counties statewide on its website. The group is affiliated with the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a free market think tank.

Compensation is defined as total wages, plus the employer cost of retirement and health benefits. It includes many forms of pay, including overtime, holidays, longevity, bonuses, clothing, car allowances and cashing in unused vacation or sick pay.

In 2015, Corona and Rialto were among the top five Inland cities with the highest average compensation package for full-time employees. Corona was first at $164,714 while Rialto came in third at $149,953. Two Ontario fire employees – Engineer Mark Zinda and firefighter Ronald Spellman – received total compensation more than quadruple their salaries. Zinda collected $395,989 in pay and benefits while Spellman received $334,789.

For county workers, the average 2015 compensation package for full-time employees was $87,791 in Riverside County and $93,408 in San Bernardino County.

The three highest-compensated county workers were former Riverside County medical director Jerry Dennis ($809,415); former Riverside County assistant sheriff Lee Wagner ($691,489); and San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux ($549,803).

Dennis and Wagner’s 2015 compensation was roughly double what they received the previous year, mostly due to cashing in unused leave when they retired, said Robert Fellner, Transparent California’s research director.

Devereaux’s compensation was about $60,000 more than the previous year.

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