Orange County supervisors drew heavy criticism this week for handing their new CEO, Mike Giancola, his second raise in a year and a half, especially after years of taking particularly hard lines in contract negotiations with managers and rank-and-file workers, according to the Voice of OC, which also reported that:
Last May, CEO Mike Giancola was given a raise that brought his salary to $248,057.68 plus perks like a retirement investment account, a pension, a car allowance, and cashable leave balances.
Bad enough that Giancola is raking in so much green – for no good reason. But do you know who Cymantha Atkinson is? People throughout the County refer to her as “Mike’s Brain.” She’s his administrative assistant, executive secretary, whatever you want to call her… She’s had the same job for him at OC Waste and a similar position as an admin assistant for Supervisor Harriett Wieder and also did admin aide work at the Orange County Sanitation District.
The only problem is her title is “Government and Community Relations Director.” The position isn’t listed on OCgov’s HR page. It comes with an Administrative Manager III pay scale.
Her resume doesn’t warrant a title nor a salary like that but Giancola not only snuck her over from Waste- He gave her a big raise and put her in charge of a department she has no business running. Instead, she’s made people move offices a half dozen times and spent a bunch of money redecorating or reorganizing the 3rd floor at the HOA.
I wonder what we would discover if we used the Freedom of Information Act to find out how much money Atkinson has been blowing?