On Tuesday night, the Antioch City Council approved a salary increase for the first time in 14-years which will bump the pay of the next seated city council to $1,600.04 per month.
The move came with Mayor Sean Wright, Mayor Pro Tem Joy Motts and Councilmembers Monica Wilson and Lamar Thorpe approving the move with Lori Ogorchock being the dissenting vote.
Ogorchcok explained she thought the money could be better spent elsewhere.
“I appreciate the fact that its been 13-years since this council has had a raise, but listening to the conversations tonight, from friends and the community, I am sitting here looking at my police chief and I would like to see us fully staffed passed the 115 (officers). I’d like to see us up to the numbers of 120, 125 officers for 115,000 people,” explained Ogorchock. “I’d also like since we listened to the presentation from the ad-hoc committee on the homeless, were thinking about all the unhoused and the funds there. I know its not a lot of money, but at this time, I just personally can’t pass something like this. I think the money could go someplace else.”
Currently, each council member makes $941.20 per month which has not seen an increase in pay since 2006.
By state law, the council can give themselves a 5% increase for each year since 2006 which came out to the $1,600.04. The council did have the option to take less, but opted for the maximum pay allowed under state law.
The item will come back at the September 10 council meeting for final adoption.
Here is a look at other local city council pay:
- $1,600 – City of Antioch (Proposed)
- $1,402 – City of Richmond
- $1,352 – City of Concord
- $939 – City of Brentwood
- $938 – City of San Ramon
- $650 – City of Walnut Creek
- $585 – City of Martinez
- $500 – City of Pittsburg
- $457 – City of Oakley