CAPTIOLA -- The city spent $7.18 million on pay and benefits in the calendar 2012, an increase of less than 1 percent compared to $7.12 million spent in calendar 2010.
The breakdown in 2012 was $5.78 million for pay and $1.39 million for benefits.
Police collected about 80 percent of the $198,000 spent on overtime pay. Overtime was up from $170,000 in 2010 but down from $259,000 in 2011.
The salary figures were obtained through a public records request as part of an ongoing Sentinel project to track government employee compensation.
This fiscal year, the city has 60.07 full-time-equivalent employees, down from a peak of 69.93 four years ago. The city downsized after the housing market collapsed. Employees took furlough days in 2009 and 2010.
City Manager Benjamin "Jamie" Goldstein remains the top earner, with gross pay of $171,619 including $7,950 for health insurance and $5,768 in unused vacation. His gross pay was $156,039 the year before, and $144,375 the year before that.
Goldstein, who lives in Santa Cruz, does not get a car allowance.
Capt. Tom Held ranked second with pay of $136,494, including health insurance of $12,588 and unused vacation of $6,271.
Public Works director Steve Jesberg was third on the list of top 10 earners. His gross pay was $154,069 including $9,960 for unused vacation and $12,288 for health insurance. That is up from $139,661 including unused vacation of $5,994 in 2010.
Police Chief Rudy Escalante was paid $110,802 in 2012 including $8,492 for health insurance but did not make the top 10 list. He started work in April, hired away from Watsonville, with 27 years of experience including a two-year stint as deputy chief. His full year salary is expected to be $140,000, about $1,000 more than in Watsonville.
Escalante said overtime was down last year because of less turnover and fewer on-duty injuries.
"When you're short-staffed, you have to write more reports after-hours," he said.
Police had 15 officers and six supervisors including the chief last year. A police captain's position has been empty for four years. One officer's position, funded by a federal grant that ran out, has been replaced by a community service officer.
Escalante, looking for efficiencies, recommended the city of Santa Cruz run the Capitola lifeguard program, a change that got positive feedback, he said, from the lifeguards and the community. He found more savings by dropping a contract costing $700 a month for two Capitola Village change machines deemed unnecessary after pay stations were installed, and by moving a trailer to Pacific Cove for storing police evidence and records, saving rental charges of $330 a month.
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At a glance
2012 Top 10 Capitola earners
Name Job title Gross pay
Jamie Goldstein city manager $171,619
Thomas Held police captain $155,353
Steve Jesberg public works director $154,068
Rene Mark Gonzalez police sergeant $138,957
Matthew Eller police sergeant $134,318
Cliff Sloma police sergeant $132,657
Andrew Dally police sergeant $127,663
Pedro Zamora police officer $121,739
Guillermo Vasquez senior police officer $119,497
Kelly Minium senior police officer $116,565
SOURCE: City of Capitola