“Chandra Wallar, whom all five members of the Board of Supervisors said they wanted to hire as the county’s new CEO, declined Thursday to accept the job after the board failed to agree to pay her what she wanted,” according to the O.C. Register.
Wallar apparently was miffed when someone leaked her name to the Voice of OC, which is funded in part by the OCEA (the Orange County Employees Association). And the Supervisors refused to give her the money she wanted – amost $300K a year.
The Supervisors also apparently insisted that Wallar pay the full employee share of her pension cost, which was a no go for her.
Wallar now has to explain to her bosses on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors why she was playing footsie with the Supervisors in Orange County. They currently pay her about $232K a year.
I am glad she pulled out. She came off as greedy and that’s not an attractive attribute for a public administrator. Surely the O.C. Supervisors can do better than this. In fact I know they can. Former Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters is available. I know he would take what the Supervisors are offering and he would do a damn great job!