OAKLAND, (AP) — Alameda County's Susan Muranishi is the highest-paid county administrator in California, with a $413,000 annual compensation package and the promise of an equally large pension, a newspaper reported Monday.
County records show the 63-year-old Muranishi receives a $301,000 base salary, $24,000 performance bonus, and $9,000 for serving on the Surplus Property Authority, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Muranishi, who has worked for Alameda County for 38 years, also gets $24,000 in equity pay to guarantee she makes at least 10 percent more than any other county employee, and $54,000 in longevity pay for working in the county for more than 30 years — as well as an $8,292 car allowance.
Muranishi's annual pension will be equal to her annual pay package, according to the county auditor's office. She is also set to receive a separate private pension for which the county pays $46,500 annually.
Muranishi did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday from The Associated Press.
By contrast, the county administrator is paid $309,000 in Santa Clara County, $257,000 in Contra Costa County, and $259,402 in San Francisco, according to the Chronicle.
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty says Muranishi is "worth every dime," comparing the job to being CEO of a $2.4 billion corporation with 9,000 employees.
Still, the pay package is likely to surprise some people.
"Everyone is going to ask what the heck is going on here, and they have a right to," said Supervisor Keith Carson, who approved the pay hikes.