David Cavazos, Former Phoenix City Manager, Is Under Fire in California for Inflated Income

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Former Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos is under fire in Santa Ana, California, for raking in a nearly $800,000 salary on the backs of taxpayers in California and Arizona.

And when a local television reporter for a CBS affiliate tried to interview him about his outrageous income, which includes perks and pension payments, he sped away in his city-owned car.

Video at the end of the post.

It was not a good look for the man who also has been criticized in Phoenix for ditching the city and taking a job in Santa Ana shortly after he was given a $78,000 raise that bumped up his pay to $315,000 -- and thus greatly boosted his pension payments.

The money was supposed to be an incentive for him to stay. Instead, it just padded his pension.

Check out the video. It's both painful and fun to watch as Cavazos first declines an interview, then speeds away from a reporter and cameraman, and then, when he is finally cornered by the news crew at a city meeting, "misstates" his Phoenix pension by about $100,000 and trips over himself as he tries to explain how his greatness is what earned him the money.

Frankly, we're surprised he didn't bolt out of the back of the building.

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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

This guy makes $140K more than the imbeciles on Capitol Hill and $85K less than the President of the United States and he's running away when the media dares question him about it? Talk about being a douchebag.

bgray59
bgray59

I do not have a problem with him because of his pay package.


I have a problem with the idiots who gave it to him.

salmo60
salmo60

Thanks to councilman Sal "the snake" DiCiccio for fattening up Dave Cavazos bank account.

Fred Sotelo Jr
Fred Sotelo Jr

Let's put it on the hypocritical Doucheccio who continues to characterize public safety as "union thugs" even after he was one who pushed and voted for the $78,000/year raise for Cavasos knowing that it would "spike" his pension.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

This is news ? Government employees at all levels do this everyday. This is proof that most government employees work in government because it is by far the best paying job they will ever get. By the way, how many private sector jobs even pay retirement today ? peace

Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones

The City Council gave him the raise, 'assuming' that he would stay for a few more years. The had no contract for him to sign. THAT was stupid. I retired from the city, after 26yrs. I worked hard, and yes I earned my retirement. I wasn't in it for the money. I really loved my job. I think he was in it for the money.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

I'm not sure why the folks in California would be upset. He's screwing the system in Phoenix, not California. He seems to be making market compensation there.

saltywench
saltywench

@royalphoenix 

How exactly are government employees at all levels doing this every day??  Only an extremely small percentage of "government" jobs (state, county & municipal) are positions where salary & benefits can be negotiated.

The average (and vast majority of) state employees do not get to negotiate salary when hired, contribute a mandatory 9-10% of pay towards retirement fund and never get a raise unless they interview and are hired for a different position or a different agency.  Multiple research projects have been released indicating that AZ state employees are paid far less than their private sector peers. 

"Best paying job they will ever get"? Don't be an idiot and make vast assumptions - pay grades and job descriptions are public record.  Do a little research, arm yourself with a few facts.

monica-alonzo
monica-alonzo

@royalphoenix Well, I was just amused by his reaction -- declining interviews and driving away as the cameras were rolling. That's such a bush league move for a city manager -- especially one raking in so much money. He should be more polished. 

monica-alonzo
monica-alonzo

@TommyCollins  The angst stems from him drawing the same salary in much-smaller Santa Ana as he was in Phoenix. And, getting a bunch of perks on top of that. 


I think the last sentence in the CBS-affiliate's story summed it up: "But in a city where census figures show the median household income is $54,000, some taxpayers are left wondering how they can trust a man who’s drawing so much in taxpayer money."


royalphoenix
royalphoenix

@saltywench  The next time you are in phoenix city hall, look around. How many fat or obese administrators do you see ? Lots. The 9-10% of pay YOU say is contributed towards pension, doesn't come close to paying a 20 year retirement, and you know it. How about that paid Columbus Day holiday ? rofl. I am a 4 active service veteran who has never had Veterans day off, let alone paid . (started my own business 20+ years ago). I noticed you didn't reference any studies that say government drones are paid worse than the private sector. How many cops even make 78k a year ? Talk about stupid. peace

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