The City of Bell, CA is now up in arms over 3 city employees who held a special election which gave the city’s chief administrative officer salary of $787,637, his assistant $376,288 and the police chief $457,000.
Rizzo, who resigned yesterday from his post, was the HIGHEST PAID city manager in the nation. The police chief of this tiny town makes more than the police chief in LA. How could this have happened? No one spoke up! The election was basically ignored, allowing a less than 400-person vote, to decide a financial move that smashed the city budget. But where were the voices from the city employees who watched this happen? Why did they not holler to their neighbors, to the press, to whomever would listen about this manuever? Of course, it also shows how the public must take every election seriously rather than for granted. But I am stunned by the deafening silence that surrounded these three greedy officials. Leadership requires courage. It appears that there were no leaders in any other part of that city.