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How Much Employees in Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District Earn

The state controller's office has released a 2011 study on salaries and benefits received by county, city and special district employees

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District has the 333rd highest average employee salary among the 1,508 special districts listed in a new public pay study.

The state Controller's Office has put the 2011 salary and benefits information on a website. It details city, county and special district payrolls.

The average salary for special districts across California was $54,468 a year. The average salary for the Contra Costa Mosquito District was $45,825 a year.

The district officially has 60 employees, but 22 of those are unpaid board members and three others are assistants who made less than $13,000 in 2011.

Without those 25 workers, the district's average salary is just under $80,000 a year.

Here's an overview of some of those numbers.

2011 Salary Study Contra Costa Mosquito Special Districts Employees 60 67 (average) Average Salary $45,825 $54,468 Total Wages $2.7 million $5.5 billion

Here are the top 10 wage earners in the Contra Costa Mosquito District for 2011. The employees are listed by position only.

The salaries include regular pay, overtime, lump sums and other payments. The benefits and pension are what the district contributed to the employee's plan.

Employee Salary Benefits Pension General Manager $153,010 $14,985 $3,890 Operations Manager $110,066 $14,985 $2,814 Administrative & Finance Manager $102,076 $19,081 $3,099 Scientific Programs Manager $101,744 $8,157 $3,250 Public Affairs Manager $99,404 $1,329 $3,025 Information Technology Technician $89,292 $1,329 $2,876 Programs Supervisor $87,332 $19,081 $3,643 Biologist $87,332 $8,157 $2,380 Programs Supervisor $86,530 $19,081 $2,948 Mechanic II $85,341 $14,985 $2,401

The district, formed in 1927, serves 725 square miles with a population of more than 1 million people.

It's responsible for the control of mosquitoes, yellowjackets, rats, mice, ticks and skunks.

The board of directors is made up of representatives from each incorporated city in Contra Cosa County as well as the county at large. They are appointed by city councils and the county supervisors.

Deborah Bass, the district's public affairs manager, said many of the district's specialists have master's and doctorate degrees. Many of the technicians are state certified and trained.

Bass said their primary responsibility is preventing diseases carried by animals from being spread through the county.

Last year, the district battled the West Nile virus that was carried by mosquitoes and birds.

This year, they're keeping a close watch on the Asian Tiger mosquito, which is in Southern California now and carries dengue fever.

She also notes the district has been financially conservative during the economic downturn. In some cases, employees who have left have not
been replaced.

"The district is a very prudent place. I'm proud to work here," she said.

bob23123 March 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM
well worth the money
patrice chamberlain March 14, 2013 at 02:27 AM
I echo Bob23123. This is an important - although admittedly not sexy - service that helps protect the public's health. I'd rather my family not be exposed to any mosquito or--eww--rodent-borne diseases. In addition, I really appreciated once having someone come out and do a comprehensive assessment of my property for a potential rodent problem and offer solutions - for free. So I'm okay with paying for competent people and valuable services ( I get alot even from their website).I think an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Suzan Kaufmann March 15, 2013 at 07:17 AM
I live on the edge of North Berkeley and generally contact Alameda County Mosquito Abatement. approximately April 1 of every year. They come out promptly, they know all the places in the neighborhood (which borders Kensington) where several different kinds of mosquitoes like to breed, and they treat all of these havens proactively. Sometimes they come out before I call them; they have calendared the trouble spots. Never once have they said, "O we can't treat that birdbath, it's in Contra Costa Countu/" I am totally impressed with their professionalism and responsiveness. If anyone needs an example of government services at their best with apparently zero politics, look no further.
PI buzz March 29, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Nationwide directory of public employee salary and name databases: http://pibuzz.com/government-employees/

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