Mike Tozzi's $165,900 annual salary as executive officer of Stanislaus County Superior Court is nearly three times what he made in 1990.
That's not an unusual trajectory when compared with other top managers in the public sector.
Ripon City Administrator Leon Compton, one of few area executives with comparable longevity, was paid $45,000 in 1990 and now makes $193,600 more than quadruple.
Rick Robinson, Stanislaus County's former chief executive officer, was paid $197,500 in 2005, his first full year, and made $282,500 when he left at the end of 2011. That's a 43 percent increase in six years, compared with Tozzi's 15 percent rise and Compton's jump of 58 percent in the same period.
Tozzi's pay also seems to be in line with that of court executives throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
He makes more than his counterparts in Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties, and less than those in San Joaquin, Fresno and Kern counties. Average pay among court executives in those seven counties is $167,700 a bit more than Tozzi pulls down.
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