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77 Menlo Park Employees make over $100,000!

Original post made by Joanna, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Aug 10, 2010

Daily Post! Daily Post! Read all about it!

Today's Daily Post lists salaries for Menlo Park employees.

City Manager Glen Rojas tops off the list with a whopping and disgusting $224,500 (before bonuses, loans and gifts)!

His assistant comes in second with an abusive $187,552!

3) Sergeant: $178,280
4) Director of Public Works: $176,934
5) Chief of Police: $176,846...

The list goes on and on. In all, 77 Menlo Park employees make OVER $100,000!

It costs taxpayers over $412,000 to manage the city! The top two salaries are city management.

This is an abuse of taxpayer money.

1) I don't care what other cities pay their managers.
2) Pay-for-performance does not apply since we pay through the nose and look at the results. Look at what we have!
3) Working for the city should NOT make you rich.

I want to thank the Daily Post for publishing these salaries under the "Your Right To Know" section of the paper. Pick it up today. It is on page 7.

Comments (32)

Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Thanks for posting this. Do you have the rest of the list? I couldn't find a Daily Post this late in the day.


Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I couldn't find the post either, even by mid morning--hope the unions aren't taking all the copies out of the news stands to try to keep this list under wraps


Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2010 at 7:29 am

It doesn't take much effort or cost to remove the limited issues from the public.


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

6) Detective Sergeant: $175,084
7) Director of Community Development: $173,239
8) Police Sergeant: 164,419
9) Police Sergeant: $163,037
10) Police Sergeant: $158,504
11) Police Sergeant: $157,580
12) Canine Handler: $154,856 Canine handler? Really?


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

13) assistant director of public works: $154,090
14) finance director: $153,114
15) director of library services: $152,488
16) commander: $151,459
17) sergeant: $151,316
18) commander: $149,911
19) sergeant: $149,285
20) detective: $ 143,949


Posted by Voice for the people
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

PICKETING FRIDAY AT NOON ON LAUREL STREET RIGHT OUTSIDE THE POLICE CAR ENTRANCE TO THE POLICE STATION. BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE SIGNS!
THIS IS NOT JUSTICE AND IT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE FROM WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED TO UPHOLD. I HAVE A DOG AND I DONT GET PAID $150K TO TRAIN IT TO SIT AND BARK! RALLY THE TROOPS!


Posted by A non moose
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Where's the link?

Please, please post photos somewhere of your PROTEST ON FRIDAY AND RALLY THE TROOPS AND JUSTICE AND DOGS BARKING AND POLICE STATION AND SIGNS AND PEOPLE EMPLOYED TO UPHOLD AND LAUREL STREET.

And maybe not use caps lock?


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm

The Daily Post posted more salaries in today's newspaper. Yesterday's list took two whole pages.


Posted by Voice for the people
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Come and take pictures yourself you anything-but-a-moose! hehe


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 12, 2010 at 8:34 am

This reminds me of Bell, California!


Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I saw yesterday's Post. It had the lower salaries. The high ones were listed on the previous day.


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

21) personnel and info services director: $143,827
22) detective: $143,555
23) police officer: $138,195
24) transportation manager: $137,841
25) police officer: $137,581


Posted by A taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Those salaries for are unbelievable. The police are especially overpaid ticket writers. Some say their job is dangerous, but the last time a MP officer died on duty was 1960! By comparison, a sargent in Afghanistan gets less than half the pay of a near rookie on our police force.


Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2010 at 8:42 am

Taxpayer:

would you do their job?


Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

If you think being a police officer in Menlo Park is so safe, just walk up to a car full of suspected gang members one evening and ask them for their license and registration.


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

26) police officer $137,451
27) principal planner $135,579
28) narcotics abatement officer $135,550
29) engineering services manager $134,887
30) field training officer $134,343


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm

31) field training officer: $133,711
32) field training officer: $133,694
33) communications officer: $132,588
34) field training officer: $131,805
35) police officer: $128,553


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Pogo states:"If you think being a police officer in Menlo Park is so safe, just walk up to a car full of suspected gang members one evening and ask them for their license and registration."

There are a lot of important and risky public servant jobs that pay far less than what Menlo Park police are paid


Here are a few such comparisons:

1 - The pilot of Air Force One is a USAF Colonel usually with 20-25 years of service.

His base pay is $11,007.30/month or $132,087 /year

He also receives about $500/month or $6000/year of flight pay

He supervises a crew of approximately 26 (not including the Secret Service agents accompanying the President).

He can retire with 2.5% of the average of his last three years base pay for each year of service but capped at 75%.

2 - a US Forest Service Smokejumper (a firefighter who parachutes from airplanes to put out forest fires) are in GS-5 to GS-9 pay grades and start as $27,026/year and top out at $53,234/year at the top step level for non- supervisory (includes crew chiefs but not management level) smokejumpers

MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Smokejumper duties present unusual hazards and require that personnel be in excellent physical condition and possess a high degree of emotional stability and mental alertness. The health of individuals must be such that they have the capacity to meet demands for performance in the position and for human reliability. Before entrance on duty, and periodically during employment, smokejumpers must undergo a medical exam, physical conditioning, and an adeptness test. Failure to meet any of the required standards will be considered disqualifying for employment or a basis of termination. The adeptness test will be given in one time period and consists of performing 25 push-ups, 45 sit-ups, 7 chin-ups, and a 1.5-mile run which must be completed in 11 minutes or less. In addition to the work capacity test at the arduous level (as referenced under Other Significant Facts), a smokejumper pack-out test is required and consists of completing a 3-mile hike over level ground carrying a 110 pound pack in 90 minutes or less. The health of individuals must be such that they have the capacity to meet the demands for human reliability and performance in the position.

3 -Maj. Jennifer Grieves is the first female helicopter aircraft commander in the history of Marine One, the HMX-1 helicopter the president of the United States flies on. She makes about $84,000 and she can retire with 2.5% of the average of her last three years base pay for each year of service but capped at 75%.

4 - NASA's civilian astronauts are in the GS-11 through GS-14 pay grades, based on academic achievements and experience. Currently, a GS-11 astronaut starts at $59,493 per year; a GS-14 astronaut can earn up to $130,257 per year. To date 13 out of 321 who have flown in space have died in the line of duty or a fatality rate of about 4%.


Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

apples and oranges Peter. The pay and benefits that go to the military personnel you mention fails to include their housing and meals which are paid for by the military. Either through base housing or stipend. My son, a newly minted ensign in the Navy, is going to Japan where he will be stationed aboard a ship, but will also receive a stipend of $1,000 per month for housing. So you need to take these things into consideration when you make your comparisons. And yes, smoke jumping is dangerous and the pay is lousy, but there are more than enough people willing to do it. The wages that police are being paid these days are due, in large part, to the inability of police departments to attract qualified people during the boom years. Obviously, it is easier now, but then it was not.


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Menlo Voter states:"My son, a newly minted ensign in the Navy, is going to Japan where he will be stationed aboard a ship, but will also receive a stipend of $1,000 per month for housing"

And he is receiving a whopping $2745/month base pay, which is less than what an MP police officer makes every WEEK. It would take a whole lot of extra benefits to make up that difference.


Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

"And he is receiving a whopping $2745/month base pay, which is less than what an MP police officer makes every WEEK. It would take a whole lot of extra benefits to make up that difference."

and he won't have near the level of responsibility of a police officer.


Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

Peter -

My comment was directed at A Taxpayers statement that "the police are especially (sic) overpaid ticket writers."

I'm not saying Menlo Park police aren't overpaid.

But I hope you would agree that they aren't overpaid ticket writers as A Taxpayer suggests!


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Menlo Voter states that her nephew who is an Ensign on board a naval vessel "won't have near the level of responsibility of a police officer"

1 - don't tell him that
2 - it is also far from accurate. A Naval Officer on board a ship usually has direct responsibility for a number of enlisted personnel and is charged with the performance of a number of mission critical systems costing millions of dollars. Typically an O-1 (Ensign) would be a Division Officer who Acts as an assistant to the Division Head and his responsibilities include:
- Carries out policies of command
- Inspects divisional spaces, equipment, personnel
- Responsible for training of division members


Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Peter:

he's not carrying a gun and not expected to make life and death decisions in a split second. Yes he over sees others, but he is closely overseen by senior officers.

Don't get me wrong, I am proud of my son and what he is doing, but I have been a police officer and I know what is involved. It is simply not the same thing.


Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Menlo Voter:
"apples and oranges Peter"

Didn't ya know?: That's exactly what old Pete lives on - apples and oranges!


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Just Wandering just wander back in from the playground. Have an apple.


Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Peter,

How 'bout I share my orange with you, instead?


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Just wandersing asks:"How 'bout I share my orange with you, instead?"

No need to share your orange, just post something, anything with substance.


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

36) narcotics abatement officer: $128,138
37) detective: $127,883
38) police officer: $125,331
39) police officer: $124,925
40) police officer: $124,580
41) business development manager: $124,436
42) communications training officer: $124,281


Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm

It is a shame that the Almanac is choosing to bury this story.


Posted by Blue Collar Public Worker
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

It is a same that everyone is so blinded by the hype on this subject that they can't see the real facts. Here are Business Developments Manager jobs from Philly to the Bay Area and the salary range is 90K to 200K. So is $124K so far out of line?


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm

BCPW states:"Here are Business Developments Manager jobs from Philly to the Bay Area and the salary range is 90K to 200K."

Where is 'here'? What is the correlation between salaries for these positions and the size of the cities involved - Menlo Park is NOT Philly.


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