Bell orders probe of hefty city paychecks

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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