In its August 7th edition, the Mountain Views News made an attempt to heap some undeserved abuse on our City Clerk, Nancy Shollenberger. The bone of contention being what she, as Sierra Madre's City Clerk, earns for her many services to this community. The claim, that Nancy is supposedly making outrageous amounts of money compared to the City Clerks in other cities in the area, being clearly false.
In an article entitled "The Bell That Won't Stop Ringing ... City Clerk's Compensation Sounds Alarms," here is how that paper's publisher, Susan Henderson, attempted to weave her tale of official malfeasance. I've highlighted the distortions.
The Sierra Madre City Manager's salary was not the concern for those who had viewed the salaries on the Sierra Madre web site. What seemed to concern some residents was that all elected officials except one receive a stipend of $3,000 per year. The exception is the Sierra Madre City Clerk, Nancy Shollenberger, who receives annual compensation of $10,800 plus $7,500 for General Municipal Elections. Other city clerks in Monrovia and Arcadia, are paid the the same as council members. In Monrovia, a city that has a population almost 4 times the size of Sierra Madre, the City Clerk makes $4,800 a year. In Arcadia, whose population is over 50,000, the city clerk is paid the same as the council members, $6,000 per year.
On August 14, the SGV Tribune published an article (click here) entitled "Gate-keepers to city records, rarely talked about City Clerks often earn high salaries." In addition to talking about how local City Clerks can earn relatively robust amounts of dough, it also published a list detailing the exact amount City Clerks in each San Gabriel Valley city makes. In order to set the record straight, I am reprinting that entire list here.
A couple of things that should jump out at you. Monrovia pays a cool $59,664 a year for what Nancy does. Henderson claimed in her article that the amount is limited to $4,800 a year.
Arcadia does not only pay the $6,000 per year Henderson claims, rather it shells out $90,870 for the same work. And if you review the entire list, you will discover that Sierra Madre's City Clerk, rather than receiving outrageous amounts of money for her many efforts, actually receives the lowest pay in the entire region.
Here is the SGVT's City Clerk pay list. To quote the paper, in many cities "an assistant or deputy city clerk handles the daily functions of the department," and actually makes far more than the elected and largely figurehead City Clerk. Those cities are marked with an asterisk. No such positions exist in Sierra Madre and all functions of the job are handled by Nancy Shollenberger. Something the MVN failed to disclose. When discussing any Office of City Clerk, you need to include all the money spent.
Pasadena - $143,006
Whittier - $124,956
Industry - $122,400
Temple City - $112,400
San Gabriel - $109,440*
La Mirada - $106,987
Glendora - $106,116
Pico Rivera - $105,408
West Covina - $104,508*
Covina - $102,183*
La Puente - $96,768 to $117,636
Rosemead - $91,824
Walnut - $90,912
Arcadia - $90,870*
Alhambra - $86,940
South Pasadena - $84,372
Irwindale - $83,031*
Diamond Bar - $78,736 to $92,592
San Marino - $76,260 to $93,306
Azusa - $72,450*
Monterey Park - $72,372 to $92,592*
El Monte - $70,344*
South El Monte - $60,900
Monrovia - $59,664*
Montebello - $56,004 to $68,334
Baldwin Park - $50,992 to $68,334
Sierra Madre - $18,300 (Includes minutes preparation and elections. And since elections are every other year, that figure falls to $10,800 on off years.)
So rather than making the kind of money that demands an invocation of the Bell Scandal, it turns out that our City Clerk is making far less than what any other city is paying to get that job done in the entire region. Arcadia and Monrovia included.
Once again, the publisher of the Looney Views News has been exposed on this site as being a rather shameless falsifier. Why our city continues to shovel the kind of money it does to someone who obviously has serious problems with the truth, along with many of the residents actually living in this community, defies all reason. The only assumption that can be made is Susan Henderson prints these kinds of outrageous things with City Hall's approval.
And that's the real abuse of the taxpayer's dollar.