Metro Fire corrects pay information

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials said Tuesday they mistakenly double-counted overtime in recent pay figures they submitted to the State Controller’s Office.

Following a Bee article on local government pay last week, department officials on Monday submitted new figures to the Controller’s Office, which updated its database. The new numbers show 21 Metro Fire employees among the 100 highest-paid local government workers in the county during 2012. They show one employee, a retired deputy chief, among the top 10 paid. Each of those employees earned more than $200,000.

The Bee article, relying on the initial figures, said 49 of the 100 highest-paid local government workers in the county – and four of the 10 top-paid – worked at Metro Fire.

“As soon as Metro Fire learned of our reporting error, we immediately began working on correcting the database to provide an accurate report to the state controller,” said Deputy Chief Chris Holbrook.

Average wages at Metro Fire in 2012 were about $113,500, the new data show. Roughly two-thirds of the department’s employees earned six figures.

Metro Fire employs about 2 percent of the county’s 30,000 local government workers.

Call The Bee’s Phillip Reese, (916) 321-1137.

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