County Managers will still get their raises

Tom Mauk

Tom Mauk

The Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir reported yesterday (Managers will get pay raises — eventually) that the Orange County Manager’s Association and County negotiators (also managers)  agreed to formalize their agreement to postpone their scheduled pay increases, but not give them up all together. Looks like Tom Mauk was only blustering when he was touting for the last 8 months that Managers had given up their raises.

In the agreement the managers get a one year extension of their contract with their original raises in tact, only delayed to this fiscal year and next. As the Register reports, Supervisor Nguyen seems unconvinced that this is the right deal for the county.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

“The problem is this economy,” Supervisor Janet Nguyen said Monday. “I would like to ask the managers to forgo the four percent pay because I would rather save jobs. … If they don’t, I am going to propose layoffs.”

Specifically, what the Supervisor is saying is that if the Managers press forward with their raises in these economic times, she will press for a reduction in management costs (layoffs) equivalent to the cost to the County of their raises.