AOC Employees Get Raises in the Middle of Court Closures
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The Daily Journal is reporting that while thousands of court employees, including court reporters, suffered court closures and furloughs, the AOC gave salary increases and other “perks” to its employees. The article quotes William Vickery, administrative director of the courts, as saying the increases were needed so that the AOC could “hold onto people we felt were valuable employees.”
According to the article:
Between February 2008 and July 2009, the AOC elevated nearly 80 employees, and raised their pay as much as 31 percent, brushing aside its own self-imposed freeze on promotions, according to payroll records from the State Controller’s Office.
The records show that while the agency imposed once-monthly furlough days on employees with one hand, it has increased salaries so much with the other that, coupled with new hires, its payroll costs grew 6 percent from July 2008 to July 2009, for a total of nearly $4.2 million per year.
The article also listed the names of managers and directors who benefited from the salary increases.
Two managers in the agency’s Office of Court Construction and Management, who were not promoted, received 14 percent raises between July 2008 and July 2009, on top of 3.5 merit salary adjustments they’d received earlier in 2008. Another manager in that office received a 9 percent raise.
The raises do not take into account the 5 percent pay cut employees are taking as a result of the furlough.
Carrizosa said the three employees received raises when the new director, Lee Willoughby, took over and gave them added responsibilities.
“The raises reflect his restructuring of the office and changes of assignments and related equity adjustments,” Carrizosa wrote.
AOC’s three regional administrative directors who report to Vickrey, Sheila Calabro, Christine Patton, and Jody Patel also saw big pay bumps, each receiving 10 percent increases in that 2008-2009 time period, bringing their base salaries to $198,708 a year.
According to Carrizosa, those pay raises included that 3.5 percent merit increase. The additional compensation was, “based on the need to remain competitive with other courts.