Scott Carney, who sometimes endured withering criticism from lawmakers for his department’s perceived inefficiencies, is leaving his administrative post at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to become a deputy city manager for Stockton. He begins his new job on Sept. 2.
Carney is stepping down from state job that paid him $143,774 last year as director of Corrections’ Division of Administrative Services to take a city job with an annual salary of $192,000.
Administrative Services has an annual operating budget of $178 million and nearly 2,100 staff that manage human resources and business services for the entire $10.7 billion state correctional system and its 61,000 employees.
By comparison, Stockton’s annual budget is $633 million and the city employs about 1,500 workers, city spokeswoman Connie Cochran said. As one of two deputy city managers, Carney oversee city fiances and some other operations.
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Stockton has filed for bankruptcy, which triggered a nationally-watched dispute over public pensions. The city regularly appears on Forbes’ “Most Dangerous Cities” list, and last week was the scene of a running gun battle between local police and armed robbers that left a hostage and two of the suspects dead.
Carney’s 20-year government career has seen its rough patches. As a top administrator in the prison system, he took legislative tongue lashings when the department blew its budgets or failed to deliver timely reports to lawmakers. He was also a key behind-the-scenes figure in executing Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial program to shrink the state prison system by sending more convicted criminals to local jails.