LA County supervisor promises release of employee salaries

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Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Monday pledged that the county will release the names and salaries of its highest paid employees.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky conceded that county attorneys have delayed the release.

“I guess they got a lot of complaints from a lot of employees who don’t want their names and salaries attached," Yaroslavsky said. "But this isn’t up to the employees. This is a state law and we have to comply with the state law.”

The Los Angeles Times has requested the names and salaries of county employees who make at least $250,000 a year. Yaroslavksy said the county will release them and more.

He added that he’s confident most county workers are not overpaid.

“I think there are some who game the system. There are some who make a lot of money on overtime," he said. "But those are the minority of our employees, a small minority of our employees. Most of our employees are making middle income salaries, middle class salaries."

County officials refused to say when they’d release the salaries.

Reporters' interest follows the scandal in Bell, where prosecutors have the city manager with bilking taxpayers for his million-dollar-plus salary and benefits.