How much money do WeHo’s highest-paid staffers make?

It pays to work for the city.

With WeHo City Council having passed a budget for the next two fiscal years that controversially reduces funding for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department while approving a 5.5 percent base raise for all municipal staff members, WEHOville wondered how much City Hall’s top staff members were earning.

They’re not doing so bad.

Only a handful of the top 100 highest-paid staff members earned less than $200,000 in 2021, according to transparentcalifornia.com.

Former City Manager Paul Arevalo was the top earner of 2021, receiving more than $700,00 including benefits. Lisa Belsanti, fired from her position as communications director, pulled in more than $500,000 annually. Municipal employees such as arts coordinators, code compliance officers and community program coordinators all made upwards of $200,000 for the year.

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TITLE
REGULAR PAYOTHER
PAY
TOTAL
PAY
BENEFITSTOTAL PAY
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1
Paul ArevaloCity Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$194,123.00$434,981.44$629,104.44$80,616.00$709,720.44
2Lisa BelsantiDirector Of Communications
West Hollywood, 2021
$237,118.00$202,432.00$439,550.00$90,967.00$530,517.00
3Oscar DelgadoAssistant City Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$294,157.00$22,993.00$317,150.00$115,612.00$432,762.00
4David WilsonCity Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$272,114.00$33,996.00$306,110.00$116,839.00$422,949.00
5Kristin CookDirector Of Public Safety
West Hollywood, 2021
$246,223.00$16,638.00$262,861.00$93,719.00$356,580.00
6Steve CampbellDirector Of Facilities & Recreation Services
West Hollywood, 2021
$233,547.00$18,880.00$252,427.00$99,654.00$352,081.00
7John KehoDirector Of Planning & Development Services
West Hollywood, 2021
$247,423.00$11,479.00$258,902.00$87,501.00$346,403.00
8Lorena QuijanoDirector Of Finance & Technology Services
West Hollywood, 2021
$233,587.00$25,905.00$259,492.00$78,350.00$337,842.00
9Jacqueline RoccoDirector Of Public Works
West Hollywood, 2021
$232,702.00$6,618.00$239,320.00$91,457.00$330,777.00
10Christof SchroederDirector Of Human Services & Rent Stabilization
West Hollywood, 2021
$244,673.00$5,103.00$249,776.00$80,990.00$330,766.00
11Yvonne QuarkerDirector Of Administrative Services
West Hollywood, 2021
$218,033.00$24,071.00$242,104.00$84,417.00$326,521.00
12Yevgeniy TsipisInformation Technology Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$207,564.00$14,966.00$222,530.00$91,748.00$314,278.00
13
14David GiugniSocial Services Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$207,563.44$18,514.00$226,077.44$80,463.00$306,540.44
15Carlos CorralesAccounting Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$206,767.00$18,594.00$225,361.00$80,322.00$305,683.00
16Brian LeagueProperty Development Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$205,165.00$8,229.00$213,394.00$85,159.00$298,553.00
17Cleo SmithEvent Services Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$201,151.00$12,631.00$213,782.00$83,551.00$297,333.00
18Francisco ContrerasInnovation Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$206,364.00$20,474.00$226,838.00$70,444.00$297,282.00
19Jonathan LeonardCommunity & Legislative Affairs Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$207,565.00$17,646.00$225,211.00$66,049.00$291,260.00
20Jennifer AlkirePlanning Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$190,167.00$13,007.00$203,174.00$87,557.00$290,731.00
21Helen CollinsFacilities And Field Services Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$188,483.80$27,245.00$215,728.80$74,210.00$289,938.80
22Corri PlanckStrategic Initiatives Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$201,296.00$7,937.00$209,233.00$77,120.00$286,353.00
23Susan SchumacherHuman Resources Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$203,608.00$6,978.00$210,586.00$70,541.00$281,127.00
24Hany DemitriEngineering Manager/City Engineer
West Hollywood, 2021
$166,977.00$40,592.00$207,569.00$65,526.00$273,095.00
25
26Stephanie MartinezRecreation Services Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$186,225.00$6,220.00$192,445.00$79,779.00$272,224.00
27Janet JimenezAssistant To The City Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$194,627.00$12,621.00$207,248.00$64,474.00$271,722.00
28Daniel RivasCode Compliance Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$182,815.00$14,164.00$196,979.00$73,831.00$270,810.00
29Joshua SchareCommunications Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$186,846.00$25,311.00$212,157.00$57,768.00$269,925.00
30Benjamin Galan Jr.Building & Safety Manager/Building Official
West Hollywood, 2021
$177,780.40$15,255.00$193,035.40$76,684.00$269,719.40
31Vincent GuarinoParking Operations Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$197,534.00$5,957.00$203,491.00$65,904.00$269,395.00
32Jonathan HolubRent Stabilization & Housing Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$164,117.00$19,440.00$183,557.00$81,860.00$265,417.00
33Brett WhiteDigital Media Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$166,888.00$22,134.00$189,022.00$71,645.00$260,667.00
34Aniceta RuizRevenue Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$174,476.00$12,004.00$186,480.00$69,018.00$255,498.00
35Richard AbramsonUrban Design & Architecture Studio Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$189,156.00$2,376.00$191,532.00$61,185.00$252,717.00
36Robyn EasonPlanning Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$171,048.00$11,675.00$182,723.00$58,674.00$241,397.00
37
38Andrea LovanoCommunity & Legislative Affairs Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$150,068.48$22,228.00$172,296.48$62,060.00$234,356.48
39Rebecca EhemannArts Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$143,233.00$16,495.00$159,728.00$74,012.00$233,740.00
40Bryan EckSenior Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$135,210.00$26,651.00$161,861.00$70,203.00$232,064.00
41Rony FozoonmehrSystems Engineer Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$150,831.00$5,221.00$156,052.00$74,029.00$230,081.00
42Rachel DimondSenior Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$147,913.00$5,862.00$153,775.00$75,610.00$229,385.00
43Richard GarlandPrincipal Traffic Engineer
West Hollywood, 2021
$158,982.00$5,698.00$164,680.00$63,904.00$228,584.00
44Clarinda BarengSenior Accountant
West Hollywood, 2021
$143,692.00$20,772.00$164,464.00$62,577.00$227,041.00
45Christina SarkeesProject Architect
West Hollywood, 2021
$151,831.00$7,048.00$158,879.00$67,728.00$226,607.00
46Aileen WardRisk Management Officer
West Hollywood, 2021
$148,482.00$2,154.00$150,636.00$75,679.00$226,315.00
47Antonio CastilloSenior Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$151,831.32$22,572.00$174,403.32$50,664.00$225,067.32
48Bobby CheungSenior Transportation Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$151,831.00$19,659.00$171,490.00$52,290.00$223,780.00
49
50Melissa CrowderCity Clerk
West Hollywood, 2021
$138,496.00$14,245.00$152,741.00$68,501.00$221,242.00
51Kevin TrudeauFacilities & Landscape Maintenance Superintendent
West Hollywood, 2021
$143,598.00$10,816.00$154,414.00$66,566.00$220,980.00
52Cynthia ZabalaSenior Plan Check Engineer
West Hollywood, 2021
$141,870.00$4,227.00$146,097.00$73,859.00$219,956.00
53John GilmourPrincipal Civil Engineer
West Hollywood, 2021
$144,226.00$1,456.00$145,682.00$72,290.00$217,972.00
54Emily EvansSystems Engineer
West Hollywood, 2021
$144,319.00$10,058.00$154,377.00$62,510.00$216,887.00
55Shakiri StephensAccountant
West Hollywood, 2021
$109,724.00$44,395.00$154,195.00$62,583.00$216,778.00
56Mila SologubProject Manager
West Hollywood, 2021
$144,598.48$12,289.00$156,887.48$59,377.00$216,264.48
57Leslie IsenbergSocial Services Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$141,069.00$8,655.00$149,724.00$65,357.00$215,081.00
58Hernan MolinaGovernmental Affairs Liaison
West Hollywood, 2021
$148,590.28$6,965.00$155,555.28$58,980.00$214,535.28
59Brian JacksonStreet Maintenance Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$121,799.60$9,649.00$147,005.60$65,781.00$212,786.60
60Paul HertzFacilities & Landscape Maintenance Superintendent
West Hollywood, 2021
$144,319.00$15,723.00$160,042.00$52,632.00$212,674.00
61Kent EgenbergerCatv Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$144,598.00$25,838.00$170,436.00$41,686.00$212,122.00
62Megan ReathEvent Services Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$141,998.00$10,778.00$152,776.00$59,218.00$211,994.00
63Tatyana RodzinekRussian Community Programs Coordinator
West Hollywood, 2021
$127,272.00$18,864.00$146,136.00$64,999.00$211,135.00
64Yessica BenitezCode Compliance Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$132,044.00$18,687.00$150,731.00$60,157.00$210,888.00
65Jason CosylionCode Enforcement Officer
West Hollywood, 2021
$105,069.84$16,632.00$152,205.84$57,874.00$210,079.84
66Garen YollesArchitectural & Urban Designer
West Hollywood, 2021
$126,796.00$11,697.00$138,493.00$71,393.00$209,886.00
67
68Claudia DuncanSenior Financial Management Analyst
West Hollywood, 2021
$137,920.00$7,682.00$145,602.00$63,879.00$209,481.00
69Christine SafrietBudget Officer
West Hollywood, 2021
$133,073.00$11,557.00$144,630.00$64,851.00$209,481.00
70Daniel MickCode Compliance Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$126,001.00$11,864.00$137,865.00$71,087.00$208,952.00
71Dereck PurificacionAssociate Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$132,755.00$4,766.00$137,521.00$71,142.00$208,663.00
72Kathryn KigongoSenior Innovation Analyst
West Hollywood, 2021
$136,684.00$6,113.00$142,797.00$65,408.00$208,205.00
73Lacarlos JordanAquatics Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$126,931.00$27,553.00$154,484.00$53,472.00$207,956.00
74Minh Douglas VuSenior Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$147,645.00$10,382.00$158,027.00$49,312.00$207,339.00
75Coby WagmanParking Operations Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$128,951.00$7,180.00$136,131.00$71,142.00$207,273.00
76Diane KahnStrategic Initiatives Program Administrator
West Hollywood, 2021
$132,251.00$2,758.00$135,009.00$71,482.00$206,491.00
77Robert BadmagharianSenior Plan Check Engineer
West Hollywood, 2021
$137,954.00$2,526.00$140,480.00$64,800.00$205,280.00
78Elizabeth RosenInformation Technology Management Analyst
West Hollywood, 2021
$130,600.00$14,569.00$145,169.00$59,976.00$205,145.00
79
80Bethany SmithEvent Services Coordinator
West Hollywood, 2021
$133,750.00$8,352.00$142,102.00$62,945.00$205,047.00
81Jesse LawsonSenior Video Production Specialist
West Hollywood, 2021
$122,910.00$18,670.00$141,580.00$60,795.00$202,375.00
82Clavon JubreyRecreation Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$129,590.00$12,420.00$142,010.00$59,565.00$201,575.00
83William BortfeldParking Services And Projects Officer
West Hollywood, 2021
$131,051.00$10,298.00$141,349.00$59,716.00$201,065.00
84Long ThuAssistant Engineer (Civil)
West Hollywood, 2021
$133,752.00$3,996.00$140,009.00$59,727.00$199,736.00
85Favio GalloAssociate Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$133,751.00$14,747.00$148,498.00$49,997.00$198,495.00
86Alicen BartleProject Development Administrator
West Hollywood, 2021
$125,330.00$2,137.00$127,467.00$70,224.00$197,691.00
87Lisa NolanBuilding Maintenance Supervisor
West Hollywood, 2021
$122,911.00$10,907.00$143,589.00$53,634.00$197,223.00
88Davie GonzalezProject Coordinator
West Hollywood, 2021
$133,751.00$8,849.00$142,600.00$53,372.00$195,972.00
89Larissa FooksCommunity Programs Coordinator
West Hollywood, 2021
$129,387.00$18,073.00$147,460.00$47,388.00$194,848.00
90Francisco GomezTransportation Program Administrator
West Hollywood, 2021
$132,451.00$16,951.00$149,402.00$45,331.00$194,733.00
91
92Laura Powell SchoonoverAdministrative Analyst
West Hollywood, 2021
$130,736.00$6,480.00$137,216.00$57,333.00$194,549.00
93Laurie YeltonAssociate Planner
West Hollywood, 2021
$130,403.00$14,043.00$144,446.00$49,838.00$194,284.00
94Sheri Ann LunnPublic Information Officer
West Hollywood, 2021
$143,998.00$1,351.00$145,349.00$48,312.00$193,661.00
95Phillip BrandenburgSenior Combination Building Inspector
West Hollywood, 2021
$122,911.00$6,986.00$133,293.00$60,084.00$193,377.00
96Jesus HerediaEvent Services Coordinator
West Hollywood, 2021
$122,547.00$1,326.00$123,873.00$69,498.00$193,371.00
97Darrin SmithFacilities & Landscape Maintenance Superintendent
West Hollywood, 2021
$125,717.00$3,362.00$129,708.00$62,755.00$192,463.00
98Erin HamantSenior Administrative Analyst (Facilities & Field Services)
West Hollywood, 2021
$141,535.00$667.00$142,202.00$49,683.00$191,885.00
99Michael CheArts Coordinator
West Hollywood, 2021
$128,411.00$19,796.00$148,207.00$43,461.00$191,668.00
100Jeffrey JonesSenior Code Enforcement Officer
West Hollywood, 2021
$116,435.00$11,181.00$129,281.00$60,775.00$190,056.00
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E. Mc
E. Mc
15 days ago

Why is the govt making Netflix salaries?!

Wesley McDowell
Wesley McDowell
18 days ago

Not that it probably really matters, but I am curious to know how many of these people actually live in West Hollywood.

Michael
Michael
19 days ago

This is why there is eroding faith in government across the board! Electing Hovarth to Supervisor is normalizing this on a way bigger budget and scale. You understand the Director of Public Security makes more than any of the actual cops that work here. This whole pay scheme is insane. The City sprinklers are watering the sidewalks and streets. This city government spent $200 million on a park renovation. It is not a new park. The city contracts out the park and rec enrollment process. City residents still have to pay to use the pool. The parking garage is just… Read more »

John
John
20 days ago

By far more competent individuals would work for HALF those SUPER INFLATED compensations, that is AMAZING such ineptitude is so well paid… and those are ONLY the nominal salaries then the perks on top (health insurance, benefit for this and that, I would work for 50% of what they make.

Mike Kopplin
Mike Kopplin
20 days ago

These rates are ridiculous and do not match equivalent positions in the private sector. The city needs to do a better job if managing the tax payers’ money. And how is the city so dysfunctional with so many high paid officials?? WeHo should seriously be the subject of a Parks & Recreation redux.

JRBirdsong
JRBirdsong
20 days ago

It is simply OUTRAGEOUS that a tiny city like West Hollywood salaries are higher that the State of California Gov. and others make!
https://www.calhr.ca.gov/cccc/pages/cccc-salaries.aspx
SOMETHING is very wrong!!! Begs the question, are they more important than our safety provided by the LASD and LAFD? Even MORE INSULTING is that many of the WeHo employees do not even live in WeHo

Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook
20 days ago

These overworked city employees deserve raises. Their workload must be immense! Gollygeewillikers!

Marc
Marc
20 days ago

I never thought 1.8 square miles of poorly run bureaucracy required so many people making hundreds of thousand per year.

DesertBob
DesertBob
20 days ago

Told ua all long ago…WeHo cityhood was a grift right from the start.

Cause of the Grift
Cause of the Grift
18 days ago
Reply to  DesertBob

May not have been from the start but they learned fast. So many of the slush funds reside within the contractors loop such as Rob Garage, WeHo Library and the greatest grift of West Hollywood Park. It would be one thing if these were superior projects admired by credible folks in the design world but they are so inferior as to be silly. Engineered by key council members and possibly orchestrated by former City Manager.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
20 days ago

What suckers the citizens of Weho are for letting this happen. These overpaid do nothings make more than the average Angeleno all while supporting out of control development and less effective policing. Enjoy it suckers.

MaC
MaC
22 days ago

cont’d from prior post…

The posters on this board justifying this behavior is appalling and self serving. Trying to justify by claims of “we are the most progressive city” tag is just a head shakingly unconscionable while regressive to the cause.

Last edited 22 days ago by MaC
MaC
MaC
22 days ago

Reading this article is like finding what you never wish to see that lies beneath an unturned stone in a maligned polluted stream. Truly appalling. I run a company with Worldwide visibility and no one within our organization makes this kind of money (or even close), including me. Sure we hope/plan and execute strategy to increase revenue to lift all boats. But, when you have to create an economically viable product from nothing; pay costs, expenses, TAXES, FEES, very little is left. In addition, we have to seek out new customers by offering top notch competitively priced products while continuing… Read more »

Last edited 22 days ago by MaC
Rot Between the Silos
Rot Between the Silos
22 days ago
Reply to  MaC

Excellent remarks with which I agree. Additionally there seems to be an insidious tendency for certain staffers to obscure information that should. be readily available to the public for evaluation through the public process and commission hearings. When questioned, they further obscure facts apparently not wanting to rock the salary/benefits boat while their credentials are not remarkable in any way. Department heads know how to cover for these individuals which contributes to rot between the silos.

By and large many of these individuals are oblivious of standards in the world beyond West Hollywood.

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