Effective government

Start with Over-Paid employees first

Please consider cutting the pay or laying off higher level employees who make $100,000+ a year, and are not essential to running the City. I suggest by doing so you could save many employees jobs who actually offer "direct services" to the public. Using the list on this website for reference:


Look at the neighborhoods department for example, how can they have several staff making $100,000 or more a year? That staff cannot be equally as vital as the Police and Fire department staff making similar pay. The director of neighborhoods earned $140,285 last year? I'm sure someone would do that job for $70,000 a year -if they truly cared about the community more than their pay. There seem to be too many over paid employees in all departments and I'm concerned that since they are at the top, they are the same people in charge of suggesting what to cut to the Council (and they are not even looking at themselves/their pay as an option).


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    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Police, and Firemen should make pay like this-anyone else who does. should be looked into.

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    Community Member

    AS PREDICTED!!! THEY are going to cut some low paid cashier type employees that make around $25,000-$30,000 at the Neighborhood's Department AND NOT cut any pay of the several Higher level Employees there that get paid $100,000 or more! Predictable, since those managers were in charge of recommending the cuts to the Mayor! Equaling less direct services to the community and keeping intact the fat paychecks of those in charge!

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    Community Member

    City government is out of control. It's been a creeping problem for decades. The recession has turned a spotlight on the excessive salaries ---starting with our over-paid city council.

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    Community Member

    This is so obviously the right thing to do, it's painful.

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    Community Member

    One thing to keep in mind about the number that are reported in Ibloom. Gay and Lesbian employees are given extra 'salary' to pay the extra cost of family healthcare because providers do not give the same benefits to Gay & lesbian families. In otherwords, because I do not have legal marriage the insurance company does not give me the same cost break they give to straight married couples.

    City of Seattle pays that extra cost to the insurance company. This ensures that domestic partners get the same benefit as those who can legally marry.

    This actually makes my salary look about 5-6 grand higher than it really is. I am sure I am not the only one. My point is that these numbers don't always tell the whole story.

    Also, about a 1/3 to half of all layoffs have been managment positions so I don't really know where you're getting your information.

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    Community Member

    Oh yeah - let's fire the people with years of experience and specialized skills! What a fabulous strategy. I'm sure cashiers can do strategic planning.

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    Community Member

    gutting the experience out of government seems contrary to the theory of evolution. If it saves money it may also thrust us backward in time.

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    Community Member

    Then have there salary reduced, that what happens those who get 30,000 to 50,000/yr. I know, it happened to me. Adn for pete sake lets throw some of that money to schools. I hate to have my kids left behind because they have to shove 80 students in a class room and managed by 3 teachers and have to make copies of work books because they can't afford a book per student.