By MICHAEL J. SCHOENEGGER and PAULA HALLORANAssociated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Public Library has hired a new chief for an annual salary of $300.
That’s less than what the company’s former chief received for his work in 2009, and less than $50,000 less than its former chief was paid in 2014.
But it’s the second consecutive year that the library has hired its first civilian chief in a top job.
In 2016, it hired Scott Aukerman, who had served as the city’s deputy city attorney for about three years.
Last year, it tapped its first female deputy director of libraries and archives.
The next year, Aukeman became the interim director of library operations.
San Diego Public Libraries spokesman Joe Gagliano says the city has always looked to attract and retain the best and brightest.
The $300-an-hour chief’s annual salary is higher than that of the current deputy director, who is making about $160,000 a year, according to city payroll records.
Gagliiano says that the new chief will also receive perks and benefits that are common for a chief.
The new chief, who will start at the end of the year, will be paid a base salary of about $150,000, including health care benefits.
That would be about $75,000 higher than the city paid its last deputy chief in the same role in 2015, according the records.
It also will be the first time the library is paying its top staff at least $200,000 annually, a spokeswoman said.
Aukermans annual base salary is about $200.
The library is expected to begin hiring for a new superintendent this fall.
Gagliio says the new person will be responsible for overseeing the public library system’s mission.
The library says it’s committed to creating a culture that is welcoming, respectful and open.