Oakland’s highest-paid city government employee last year was a civil engineer who reviews building plans – and who made $484,175 thanks to a huge amount of overtime pay.
The civil engineer, Kenny Lau, has a regular salary of $108,841.
He would have needed to be working 16 hours a day, all 365 days of the year, to get the amount of overtime pay he received, according to Robert Fellner, research director for Transparent California, a nonprofit that released the pay data. If he worked on business days only, he would have been clocking more than 22 hours daily. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, May 1.)