City of Bell salaries among highest in nation

Officials in the small Los Angeles County city of Bell earn some of the highest salaries in the nation, with the city manager paid nearly $800,000 a year.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the city pays Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo $787,637 with a 12 percent annual raise. Police Chief Randy Adams earns $457,000, twice what Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck gets.

Officials in the city of 37,000 defended the salaries, saying Rizzo has helped rescue Bell from bankruptcy during his 17 years in office.

The district attorney's office has been investigating Bell over the hefty compensation of its City Council members - about $100,000 a year for part-time positions.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.