The Bell City Council has ordered its staff to look into city salaries after reports that some officials are earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
The council ordered the report Monday night at a meeting where hundreds of irate residents shouted at their leaders, threatened a recall and demanded tougher action.
They called for the firing of Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, who earns more than $787,000 a year for overseeing a Los Angeles suburb with fewer than 40,000 residents.
The police chief earns about $457,000 a year, 50 percent more than Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck.
Most City Council members draw nearly $100,000 a year for part-time work.
The district attorney's office is investigating to see if the salaries violate California law.
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