City Manager pay comparison for Sonoma County

The Sacramento Bee has a city manager comparison. I derived a chart of amount per citizen which shows that Santa Rosa is well within the norm and smaller cities pay more per citizen.

Thanks to Phillip Reese et al preese@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 10, 2010 – 12:21 pm

“The average pay for a city manager in California is roughly $190,000, according to a just-released survey from the League of California Cities. ”

I extrapolated Sonoma County communities and cities comparable to Santa Rosa in size to see how pay rates compared. I included San Bruno and Beverly Hills because they may be of interest. Anaheim, as a larger city, is also for comparison.

With the average @ $190,000 the smaller communities appear to have to pay more to get competent managers.

(I apologize for the chart layout – coaching is welcomed)

City, Population, City Manager, 2009 Pay then dollars per citizen (pay/population) =

Anaheim 348,467 Thomas J. Wood $293,017 dollars per citizen = $0.84
Oceanside 187,000 Peter Weiss $174,000 dollars per citizen = $0.93
Pomona 163,683 Linda Lowry $223,500 dollars per citizen = $1.37
Santa Rosa 161,716 Jeffrey C. Kolin $231,010 dollars per citizen = $1.43
Ontario 174,536 Chris Hughes $253,500 dollars per citizen = $1.45
Salinas 150,000 Artie Fields $225,638 dollars per citizen = $1.50
Santa Clarita 177,641 Ken Pulskamp $293,760 dollars per citizen = $1.65
Corona 150,416 Bradly Robbins $265,044 dollars per citizen = $1.76
Pasadena 151,576 Michael J. Beck $270,730 dollars per citizen = $1.79
Torrance 149,717 LeRoy Jackson $268,382 dollars per citizen = $1.79
Rancho Cucamonga 178,904 Jack Lam $324,582 dollars per citizen = $1.81
Palmdale 152,622 Stephen H. Williams $367,518 dollars per citizen = $2.41
Napa 75,515 Michael Parness $237,703 dollars per citizen = $3.15
San Rafael 58,822 Ken Nordhoff $191,018 dollars per citizen = $3.25
Petaluma 58,401 John C. Brown $208,721 dollars per citizen = $3.57
Rohnert Park 43,020 Gabriel Gonzalez $169,080 dollars per citizen = $3.93
San Bruno 44,294 Connie Jackson $205,832 dollars per citizen = $4.65
Windsor 26,500 J. Matthew Mullan $180,000 dollars per citizen = $6.79
Beverly Hills 33,784 Roderick Wood $438,571 dollars per citizen = $12.98
Healdsburg 11,700 Marjorie Pettus $158,012 dollars per citizen = $13.51
Sonoma 10,078 Linda Kelly $146,507 dollars per citizen = $14.54
Sebastopol 7,800 Jack Griffin $126,307 dollars per citizen = $16.19
Cloverdale 8,454 Nina Regor $164,285 dollars per citizen = $19.43
Cotati 7,409 Dianne M. Thompson $145,580 dollars per citizen = $19.65