Mammoth citizens continue to face government service choices and cuts to accommodate the 23-year annual $2 million payments on the MLLA debt. Many have begun to point at top managers and their pay as likely places to cut instead of half of the police force. Sierra Wave Media did discuss pay figures and now have heard from Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht on what he sees as a more fair comparison of total pay among Inyo-Mono administrators.
Wilbrecht said that the $311,000 pay figure we reported for him includes more benefits than we listed for other administrators who also receive them. Wilbrecht said a more comparable comparison of his pay would be the base pay of $199,000 plus $31,374 of PERS retirement and medical benefits, $2340 of dental and vision benefits and other compensation like vacation value and sick leave at $26,023. The total comes to $258,737. This compared with a figure of $311,000 that includes other common management employee benefits not attributed to other administrators in our area in their wage figures.
In a highly charged political atmosphere of severe budget cuts, Town Manager Wilbrecht said he wanted to make sure salaries were presented in a fair comparison. With base salary, retirement and comparable benefits here are Eastern Sierra administrators’ numbers: Mr. Wilbrecht, $258,737. Assistant Town Manager of Mammoth Marianna Marysheva-Martinez at $248,872. Mono County Administrator Jim Arkens at $228,082. Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio at $213,800. Bishop City Administrator Keith Caldwell at $181,708. All of these administrators handle other department jobs in addition to main management.