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City Posts Employee Salary and Benefit Information Online

In an effort to increase transparency, Beverly Hills has published the incomes of city workers.

If you're interested in knowing what city employees earn, look no further than Beverly Hills' official website.

In the "Administrative Services" section of the "Government" tab, click on "Human Resources" and then "Summary of Salaries." You will be directed to the salary information of all city workers. The latest data available is for 2010.

One major aspect of employee salaries is the pension plan they receive upon retirement. City Treasurer Eliot Finkel recently warned the City Council that pension costs are in Beverly Hills, particularly for the city's safety employees, such as police officers and firefighters.

"The political reality is we cannot afford to perpetuate the current defined benefit pension plan," Finkel said at the Aug. 2 council meeting.

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PI buzz August 16, 2011 at 07:04 AM
The salaries with the names of employees of Beverly Hills and other cities and counties can be viewed here: pibuzz.com/government-pay
Mark Elliot August 17, 2011 at 08:08 AM
Though the Courier forced its hand, the city's posting of salary information may be a first step toward much-needed transparency in municipal governance in Beverly Hills. Just yesterday the city removed a blocker that prevented all search engines from crawling the city website. The next step: making our public documents accessible to search engines too. Beverly Hills is a municipal leader in the practice of generating public document image-based PDFs that are not readable by machine, and still more that require a proprietary Adobe-branded plugin or Adobe reader to view on an out-of-the-box Mac. That's not truly cross-platform, and it's not particularly transparent. Worse, the practice appears on the increase, not the decrease, since 2010. Let's hope that we're moving in the right direction on making public information public, not safeguarding it in obscured formats behind a locked front gate, as was the case.
PI buzz December 31, 2012 at 05:45 AM
The URL to the nationwide directory of government employees and salaries is now: http://pibuzz.com/government-employees.

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