Yesterday we learned an interesting detail about how the “Negotiators” on the Orange County Board of Supervisors go about hiring a new CEO. The board of Supervisors had placed on the agenda the discussion of the compensation for the next County CEO. Rumors have been floating around the Hall of Administration that the new CEO would be paid enough to offset the amount that they must pay to cover their share of their pension benefits.
According to the Supervisors yesterday, that rumor is a coincidence an we should trust them not to concoct such a scheme. And besides that, they claim that since they must have discussions of compensation in public, they have not made any decisions about the salary range for the new CEO. Supervisor Pat Bates, who along with Supervisor Nguyen serves on the search committee and will be negotiating salary with potential candidates, made it clear that CEO’s in neighboring counties of comparable size pay their top administrators significantly more than the previous CEO Tom Mauk was paid.
But the kicker came when Supervisor Bates revealed that the Board asked candidates to tell them what they wanted in compensation to do the job. No salary range was mentioned in their recruitment brochure. Apparently we are using the HR version of Priceline.com to find a CEO.
Below is the video of the discussion.
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