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Supervisors Rate--or Berate--Elected Officials

FOCUS: ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS | Countywide

July 24, 1998|LORENZA MUNOZ

County Assessor Bradley Jacobs and Dist. Atty. Mike Capizzi received the lowest job-performance ratings by the Board of Supervisors, while County Clerk-Recorder Gary L. Granville was given the highest rating.

Jacobs received the lowest average score--1.7 out of 5--a score that is not a surprise considering he received a no-confidence vote from the board earlier this year.

Jacobs angered board members by refusing to apply for a $7-million loan that would have helped the assessor's office handle a backlog of appeals.

Capizzi, a Republican who earned his party's wrath by vigorously prosecuting Republican lawmakers for alleged election-related illegal activity, received one of the lowest ratings, with an average of 2.3.

Capizzi made an enemy out of Supervisor William G. Steiner when he decided to prosecute him after the county's bankruptcy.

Granville received the highest rating--4.25--with Sheriff Brad Gates and Treasurer-Tax Collector John M.W. Moorlach each averaging 4.0.

The elected officials' evaluations were based on how well supervisors thought they had streamlined their departments and increased efficiency and their overall contribution to improving county services over the past year.

Assistant CEO Jan Walden said this year's evaluations mark the first time the Board of Supervisors has used a specific set of guidelines to determine raises. Board members voted last month to increase their own salaries and those of most county managers by 2% to 4%. "The criteria is more results-based," said Walden. "There is a much stronger, clearer link to pay for performance."

Critics such as Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who wasn't involved in the process, said the evaluations were based on personality, not job performance.

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How They Rate

Four of five county supervisors have rated the county's elected department heads, using a 5-point scale with 1 meaning minimal performance and 5 exceptional. Supervisor Todd Spitzer did not participate. Here are the ratings.

William Baker, Public administrator

Salary: $22,048

Tom Wilson: 2

Charles Smith: 3

Jim Silva: 3

Willaim Steiner: 4

Average: 3.0

*

Mike Capizzi, District attorney

Salary: $128,214

Tom Wilson: 4

Charles Smith: 3

Jim Silva: 2.5

Willaim Steiner: 0

Average: 2.3

*

Brad Gates, Sheriff/coroner

Salary: $128,214

Tom Wilson: 4

Charles Smith: 5

Jim Silva: 3

Willaim Steiner: 4

Average: 4.0

*

Gary L. Granville, Clerk/recorder

Salary: $83,075

Tom Wilson: 4

Charles Smith: 4

Jim Silva: 5

Willaim Steiner: 4

Average: 4.3

*

Bradley Jacobs, Assessor

Salary: $100,214

Tom Wilson: 2

Charles Smith: 2

Jim Silva: 3

Willaim Steiner: 0

Average: 1.7

*

Steve E. Lewis, Auditor/controller

Salary: $104,582

Tom Wilson: 3

Charles Smith: 2

Jim Silva: 3

Willaim Steiner: 3

Average: 2.8

*

John M.W. Moorlach, Treasurer/tax collector

Salary: $104,354

Tom Wilson: 3

Charles Smith: 4

Jim Silva: 5

Willaim Steiner: 4

Average: 4.0

Source: Orange County Board of Supervisors

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