More than half of Santa Ana city employees were paid at least $100,000 in 2010, according to documents released earlier this year to the Orange County Register.

The total consists of base pay, benefit pay, overtime pay and premium pay, according to the Register.

The vast majority of those 804 employees were police officers and firefighters, according to the Register’s story, which was posted on the heels of a Voice of OC story Thursday revealing that the city is facing a massive budget deficit, perhaps as much as $30 million.

Among the Register’s findings:

  • A total of 16 employees had more than $200,000 in total compensation in 2010, with 11 being from the police and fire departments.
  • A police sergeant, whose name was not revealed, earned $228,795 in total compensation.
  • 27 employees had overtime pay of more than $50,000 in 2010, with 24 being either police officers or firefighters.

Police officers received an across-the-board raise this July, the result of a past agreement by the police union to defer raises for two years on the hope that the economy would have rebounded by now, said John Franks, president of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association.

But the economy has not rebounded in the city’s favor. Projected upticks in revenue — including a nearly 10 percent increase in sales tax revenue — are already falling short of expectations, said Councilwoman Michele Martinez.

City officials are planning top-to-bottom cuts that could be part of a budget announcement at a council meeting later this month.

The city administration has refused to release any information about the budget deficit or planned cuts. Jose Gonzalez, the city’s acting public information officer, has twice canceled meetings between a reporter and the city’s finance director on the topic.


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