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At an annual salary of $232,426, Villaraigosa is far from L.A.'s top-paid official [Updated]

August 9, 2010 |  8:09 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/images/2008/12/18/mayor_villaraigosa_2.jpgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa might be L.A.'s top official, but he's far from City Hall's highest-paid worker.

The mayor earns $232,426 a year, according to a new Los Angeles city salary database. But 19 other city workers make more. Of those, three -- the airport director, the police chief and the harbor general manager -- earn more than $300,000 a year.

Also on the Top 20 list are several deputy fire chiefs, deputy airport directors as well as the city's chief administrative officer and chief legislative analyst.

Council members, by the way, earn $178,789 a year.

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel posted the salaries Friday, saying that in the wake of the Bell salary scandal, it was important to get the numbers out to the public.

"I thought it was important for Los Angeles to set an example. We thought it was about transparency and openness," said Greuel, who makes $196,668 a year.

The Times took the salaries and created the database on Friday.

[Updated at 12:16 p.m.: A city spokeswoman said that the salaries released Friday do not take into account furlough days. She said the mayor has "taken a 16% salary cut, bringing his salary to $195,237.61."]

-- Ben Welsh and San Quinones

Photo: L.A. Times file


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