Since someone (coughjohncough) likes to pull out the old Federal employee salary list to compare to Alameda’s employees, I finally found a database that allowed me to search for select Federal employees. Essentially all the national defense type departments are not included in the database, that includes the whole Department of Defense, but some Firefighters did show up and so we can use that as a sort of comparison. Don’t bother searching for police, it doesn’t even list the states they are in.
With that here’s the first page:
As you notice, while the folks in the Bay Area aren’t that far off from the base salary of Alameda’s Firefighters. There’s another page of this but the rest are in Petaluma or Yosemite. Oh yeah, there’s one other guy at the Presidio at grade AD 00 and making $54K. I honestly don’t know what Grade AD 00 is but the guy making $108K is at the same level too.
So I checked what Fire Protection and Prevention actually was because it was the closest thing to Firefighter there was on the database, I guess that is the federal government way of saying “Firefighter.” Anyway, GS13 and GS11 sounded really high, so I checked in the salary database to see at what step the majority of our Firefighters were at. Based on a quick calculation and using this salary schedule, it appears that the majority of Alameda’s Fire Department (Fire Captains, Firefighters and Fire Apparatus Operators) are all all senior enough to be at or close to the highest Step possible. Of course that’s a good thing when there are hazardous situations, a bad thing for a City’s budget because that just means that they cost more.
In other Fire related news apparently Alameda County Fire Department Chief Sheldon Gilbert will “step down” in July. I first heard that he was retiring, but interestingly enough the word “retire” doesn’t appear in this report of his departure from Alameda County Fire. The whole line about “to pursue other career objectives and interests.” Sounds suspiciously like all those “spending more time with my family” lines that usually means someone is getting pushed out.