PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - El Dorado County supervisors have voted 3-1 to eliminate perks that inflated the salaries of seven of the region's highest-paid elected officials.
The Sacramento Bee reports that beginning with their next term in 2015, the officials will lose pay boosts for longevity, professional certificates or unused leave time. The officials include the sheriff, auditor-controller, treasurer-tax collector and four other elected department heads.
The newspaper says should Sheriff John D'Agostino seek and win re-election, he would see his salary fall from $226,411 to $177,986.
El Dorado leaders say the salary add-ons began in better economic times when officials took steps to retain valued employees for fear of losing them to other government agencies or private employers.
The perks wound up paying the officeholders well more than the average for elected officials in other counties.
The Associated Press