Mishal Montgomery, a council aide for Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, is about to more than double her pay from $62,498 for part-time work (including pension and benefits) to about $158,000 annually, which includes pension and benefits for adding enough additional hours a week to make her position full time instead of part-time.
You can read more about it here Anaheim Staff Report12365.
The measure before the council changes rules on part-time employees when it is really only for the benefit on one person — Tait’s aide.
From the staff report:
At the December 20, 2016 City Council Meeting, Council Member Barnes requested staff create a full-time classification to provide administrative support to the City of Anaheim Mayor. Therefore, staff recommends the creation of a “Chief Policy Advisor to the Mayor” classification at salary range XCR10. This classification will be assigned to the Professional Management Unit. The recommended salary range recognizes the required depth of experience and administrative support that this classification provides. Additionally, incumbents in this classification are appointed “at-will” with no property rights to continued employment. Each appointment to this classification is for a limited term basis aligned with the election term of the Mayor and shall not extend past the end of the Mayor’s appointing election term. After City Council approval, the City Manager intends to reclassify the incumbent to the new classification effective December 30, 2016.
When Tait is termed out, the rumor mill at Anaheim City Hall says that support from Tait for his successor as Mayor is tied to continuing Mongomery’s appointment at her new inflated compensation.
In 2010, Montgomery’s total pay — including pension, overtime and benefits — was $79,624. All for part-time work.
In 2011, it was $87,123. Still part-time.
In 2012, $86,365. Still part-time.
In 2013, it was cut to $43,987; still part-time. The difference in pay was routed to a computer training problem for Latino families in the Ponderosa neighborhood of Anaheim.
In 2014, it was $59,334 which included overtime for part-time work.
In 2015, she made $62,498, and was still part-time. All compensation records are public and her title was Budget Analyst II.
For a Mayor and a Council majority so against to cronyism, doubling the pay of a part-time employee loyal to the Mayor is the very definition of cronyism. But its different when Tait does it.
If approved, Montgomery’s new job will be the first and only new job created in Anaheim by the new council majority which seemingly has no plans to actually create jobs in a city that really needs them,
(photo courtesy of AnaheimBlog)