Who Gets Paid What: Supervisors and Council Members in Inyo and Mono counties

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors’ pay raise raised the question: how much the Mono County Supervisors do the Mammoth Town Council and Bishop City Council members take home each month?

So, we (Sierra Wave) asked.

All four entities’ elected officials also hold representative membership on other boards, the Local Transportation Agency, Local Agency Formation Committee, etc. Their specific board meetings are only part of their jobs.

From the bottom (lowest paid) on up:

Bishop City Council members meet twice a month and take home $550 a month. They have the option of participating in the City employees’ benefit package, paying 10-percent of the health insurance premium.

Mammoth Town Council meet twice a month and take home $750 a month. The Town pays for Medicare ($131 annually), PARS Retirement ($180 annually) and medical insurance at $15,936 with the option of a plus one at $27,300.

Mono County Supervisors: The Board voted on its pay raise at the June 15 meeting. The chair will be paid $4,462 monthly, the other four members, $4,109. Supervisors Stacy Corless and Bob Gardner both declined their salaries. The County pays for the benefits.

Inyo County Supervisors voted on Tuesday at their June 15 meeting to pay themselves $6,005 a month, out of which comes employee benefits. Committees on which they also serve can be found at https://www.inyocounty.us/sites/default/files/2021-01/CommitteeAppointments2021.pdf.

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14 Responses to Who Gets Paid What: Supervisors and Council Members in Inyo and Mono counties

  1. Masked Locals June 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm #

    Aren’t these the same people who always gripe and complain when the rank and file ask for a 1% or 2% cost of living raise? You know, not enough money in the budget for that, and by the way, pay more out of pocket for medical coverage. They can’t even be covert about this raise, as in say, 5% this year and for the next 4 years. Nope, it’s an upper management in-your-face force feed. Also, in a county of 18,500 people, 72k isn’t a chicken feed salary for anyone working just ONE job. Likely these are some of the reasons why people are more than a little angry about this.

  2. Frankly speaking... June 19, 2021 at 7:42 am #

    Something not mentioned which should be is that three of the Inyo Supervisors on the current board are all former government employees with what are likely pretty good pensions and CalPers or federal employee benefits. Government jobs have been very lucrative for many of these politicians at the expense of the taxpayer. It’s a form of double-dipping, and for some, a way to “boost” their retirement payments. So much for “civic” duty to your community and country. The Sheet’s editorial by Jack Lunch, titled “Super-Sized Raises” give a realistic view of just what happened this week. It’s why people no longer have any faith or trust in government. Too many officials and politicians take advantage of the public, most of whom don’t make the kind of money or have the level of benefits, if any at all, that these government types have.
    Thank you, Mono County supervisors Stacy Corless and Bob Gardner, for showing what being an actual, genuine public servant is all about. Four of the five Inyo supervisors certainly don’t. And thank you Jeff Griffiths. You are and always have been an exemplary example of a true “man of the people.”

    • sugarmags June 21, 2021 at 1:46 pm #

      More important to me is what they are doing now and are their duties and time commitments reasonable for the salary they are receiving. I don’t know how many hours a week they work to earn that salary and benefits.

    • Bishop local June 22, 2021 at 10:27 am #

      @sugarmags and Frankly Speaking –

      Right. Some of these guys seem awfully entitled to a very cushy taxpayer funded retirement, with not much to show for public service as long as far as I can tell. I’m not going to name names, they can defend their own record.

  3. Mono Person June 18, 2021 at 1:31 pm #

    The question is – where is all this money coming from to give everyone raises? Could it be our fantastic Governor, telling the counties to tow the line on Covid, and the money would pour in?

    • bishop local June 23, 2021 at 9:42 am #

      I think you should run for office to expose these types of deep state plots.

  4. Fred Stump June 18, 2021 at 9:50 am #

    From the 6-15-21 Mono Board Agenda:
    Current salary of the Mono Board Chair $4462 per month. Proposed new salary for the Mono Board Chair $5202 (+$740) per month. Current Salary of the remaining Board members $4109 per month. Proposed new salary for remaining Board members $4792 (+$683) per month. Supervisors Corless and Gardner voted no. Both stated that they will not take the salary increase if the pay increase Ordinance is approved on the second vote at the next regular Mono Board meeting. Elected officials can take voluntary salary reductions by completing paperwork.

    The process for Boards to give themselves raises is in State law. That law requires an Ordinance requiring two separate votes at separate meetings instead of a Resolution requiring only one vote. Pay raise Ordinances have a 60 day waiting period before they become effective as opposed to the 30 day waiting period for other Ordinances.

    Total compensation for all County employees, including elected officials, can be found on the Transparent California web site. Reports are name specific. Base salary, additional cash payments, and the cost of benefits are all reported. The last full year shown is 2019. The reporting of local government compensation to the California Secretary of State’s office is a mandate.

  5. Deborah Murphy June 18, 2021 at 9:42 am #

    Maskless: If you really want to get down into the weeds, google California Supervisorial salaries. LA Supervisors are paid just over $272,000 and are responsible for a population above 10 million. Fresno Supes appear to serve with no compensation. Then ask yourself if you want to be represented by those who can survive financially and concentrate on their elected duties or those who have to survive financially on a par with those they represent. Depending on which website you hit on, the median income in Inyo is somewhere between $36K and $52K.

  6. Maskless Local June 18, 2021 at 3:41 am #

    The comparative is very revealing, it really demonstrates the greed of the Inyo County supervisors and on many levels is quite disgusting. So much for serving the electorate and a validation they are doing this for themselves lining their pockets with tax payer $$$.

    • Sami June 18, 2021 at 9:19 am #

      72k per year isn’t exactly breaking the bank. There’s other county employees paid more than that. They’re being paid like full-time employees; the question is whether they’re working like it.

      • Run, Bishop, run! June 18, 2021 at 2:27 pm #

        You can view the ICBOS committee appointments here: (Editor’s note- the URL link posted was incorrect. Please see reply from Sierra Wave with the correct link.)

        It would be nice to know which supe sits on which commission…some may earn that salary more than others….

        On a totally unrelated note, which Districts are up for reelection?

        • Charles James June 18, 2021 at 2:48 pm #

          Run, Bishop, run! The hyperlink in your Comment was incorrect. Here is the correct committee assignments link for the Inyo County Board of Supervisors: https://www.inyocounty.us/sites/default/files/2021-01/CommitteeAppointments2021.pdf
          Rick Pucci and Dan Totheroh are up next for reelection (if they choose to run) in 2022. Supervisors serve 4-year terms, unless of course they are removed through a Recall vote.
          Thanks for your comments.

          • Run, Bishop, run! June 22, 2021 at 10:20 am #

            @ Charlies James, thanks for getting my back on that URL!

          • Charles James June 22, 2021 at 10:26 am #

            You are welcome. We actually like it when readers, viewers and listeners help us out with leads and links to more information. It’s sometimes hard to provide everything some want to know about a story. We’re limited by time, space, and resources. Thank you for being a “contributor” rather than a “detractor.”


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