Website details salaries, pension costs of public employees

Website details salaries, pension costs of public employees »Play Video

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Everything you wanted to know about how much money public employees make, and more, is now available at the click of a mouse.

A conservative group called the California Public Policy Center launched a database, TransparentCalifornia.com, that shows an employee's name, base salary, overtime pay, other pay, and total pay and benefits for 2011 and 2012.

Among the findings: lifeguards in Los Angeles County earning more than $100,000 a year, and doctors in Kern County making more money than any other employee in the state.

"We think it's important that the public know and understand the unsustainable amount of pensions and salaries being paid out to public employees," said Mark Bucher, president of California Public Policy Center.

Besides salary, the information online shows retirees' pension benefits. According to the database, Kern County has 289 people collecting pensions of more than $100,000 each in 2012.

As previously reported, a contracted physician at Kern Medical Center collected $1,074,375 in total compensation in 2012. That's more than the combined salaries of President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown.

"It doesn't seem that's justified that a public employee would make more than the president and the governor combined. That seems to be a little bit outrageous," said Bakersfield resident Jessie Cabrera.

According to the site, the top three highest paid employees for the city of Bakersfield are City Manager Alan Tandy at $329,463, Police Chief Greg Williamson at $276,621 and City Attorney Virginia Gennaro at $274,188.

Bucher said he hopes the information on the database will provoke discussion about the rising costs of public employees' salaries and pensions.