I’ll take this job for…

OC Supervisor Pat Bates - "The Negotiator" Photo: Chris Prevatt, TheLiberalOC

OC Supervisor Pat Bates – “The Negotiator” Photo: Chris Prevatt, TheLiberalOC

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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  3 comments for “I’ll take this job for…

  1. February 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    So, why did the O.C. Board of Supervisors force the CEO Tom Mauk to resign in the first place?
    History:
    http://ocpoliticsblog.com/orange-county-ceo-tom-mauk-may-be-fired-over-the-bustamante-affair/
    Answers:
    Because they can:
    Because the costs of removing the former and finding a new CEO does not come out of their personal pockets:
    Because they do not care what has to cut from the budget to offset the expenses of ‘Remove & Replace’:
    Because the ‘Bustamante Affair’ would reflect badly on their political careers:

  2. dempatriot
    March 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Don’t you want to ask why there was no nationwide recruitment by a big search firm with a large final group of candidates with impeccable credentials? Wouldn’t you think county CEO’s around the nation would be applying for this job? With the only choice being a CEO whose contract expires in 6 months and about to be released by her own board of supervisors it sure makes you wonder why no legitimate candidate has come foreword in the process to work for this board. Kind of like being given total and complete control of the Titanic I think.

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