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County Administrator David Twa addresses the Board of Supervisors meeting in Martinez, Calif. March 17, 2009 where a $50 million funding shortfall is being discussed. (Karl Mondon/Staff)

MARTINEZ -- Despite heavy battering from union workers who have experienced years' worth of pay and benefit cuts, Contra Costa top Administrator David Twa will receive a pay raise plus additional deferred compensation and vacation.

The county board of supervisors unanimously supported offering Twa a second five-year contract that will boost his base pay on July 1 by $17,000 a year to $260,000 a year. He will also receive an additional 3 1/3 days of vacation per month and $23,000 in deferred compensation.

"Mr. Twa has performed in an exemplary manner in very difficult times," said Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho of Discovery Bay. "It is critical that we keep this captain at the helm of this ship at this time."

The county administrator's current contract doesn't expire until September, and he wasn't seeking a raise.

But supervisors were concerned another county would lure Twa away and called the additional cost modest compared with recruiting a replacement and competing in the market.

More than a dozen county employees testified against the contract, calling it a slap in the faces of the hundreds of lower-paid workers whose labor agreements also expire this year and deserve pay hikes.

The county is looking at beginning to restore pay and benefit cuts in ongoing and pending contract negotiations, although the specifics remain highly uncertain.


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