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  • Salaries and Benefits

  • A Message From CEO Darrell Johnson

    Darrell Johnson

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has a long history of accountability, openness and transparency, which is fundamental to the success of any public agency.

    Annual Compensation for all OCTA employees. In compliance with AB 2040, please click on the following link to access the Government Compensation in California website that lists annual salary information for all OCTA employees.

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    • Can-Do Spirit
    • Communication
    • Teamwork / Partnership

    Living up to our core value of communication means that we operate with complete transparency. We strive to always provide timely, accurate, and useful information to our customers, stakeholders, our partners, and you, our taxpayers.

    Because of this, we believe it’s important to post the salaries and benefits of our Board Members and employees. As a public employee, I understand the scrutiny of my salary and the compensation for the rest of our employees and as a taxpayer, I welcome it.

    The executive compensation information below is inclusive, representing not only salaries but deferred compensation, auto allowance and other benefits such as health, retirement, and life insurance benefits. All other administrative employees' salary information by position can be accessed with the Personnel and Salary Resolution. This document also provides an overview of employee benefits.

    Annual Compensation for all OCTA employees. In compliance with AB 2040, please click on the following link to access the Government Compensation in California website that lists annual salary information for all OCTA employees.

    As OCTA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), my annual salary is $335,774  with an additional $43,431 annually for deferred compensation, $9,180 for a car allowance, $480 for cell phone allowance and $115,795 in benefits, making my total compensation $504,660. The OCTA Deputy Chief Executive Officer’s annual salary is $271,669 with an additional $31,083 annually for deferred compensation, $9,180 for a car allowance, $420 for a cell phone allowance and $83,304  in benefits, making the total compensation $395,656. Information for the remainder of the executive team is shown in the executive compensation chart below.

    • Salaries and Benefits Summary
      At OCTA, we continuously strive to offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program. For fiscal year (FY) 17-18, the Board of Directors (Board) has approved a 3.5% merit pool for administrative employees. Any merit increase awarded is based on an individual employee's performance and thus the actual increase amount will vary by employee. The total of all merit increases awarded will not exceed 3.5% of the salaries of budgeted positions. OCTA strives to be a workplace of choice by offering competitive wages and benefits, and our compensation levels are consistent with other public agencies of similar size and operations. This is a critical factor in allowing the agency to attract and retain top-quality employees within the marketplace.
    • Benefits Summary
      OCTA offers medical, dental, and vision coverage to administrative employees. Costs vary based on the plan each employee selects. OCTA participates in Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS). The majority of OCTA employees participate in OCERS Plan B which is 1.667% at 57 ½. The employee share of the retirement benefit costs are based on the employee's age of entry into the retirement system. All employees pay 100% of the employee contribution. Administrative employees entering public agency employment and public retirement system membership for the first time on or after January 1, 2015 participate in Plan U which is 2.5% at age 67. The earliest date of retirement is age 52 or older with 5 or more years of Service Credit.
    • Auto Allowance
      OCTA provides an auto allowance of $9,180 annually for the CEO, Deputy CEO, executive directors, and directors consistent with the Personnel and Salary Resolution, which links the allowance to the amount paid to senior management at the County of Orange.
    • Compensation for Board of Directors and Executives

      Per the California Public Utilities Code, the OCTA allows members of the Board necessary traveling and personal expenses incurred in the performance of duties authorized by the Board and may allow members per diem compensation at the maximum rate of $100 per day, not to exceed $500 in any calendar month, for attending Board meetings and for performance of any other services for OCTA as authorized by the Board. Compensation for mileage will be paid at the IRS rate to any member who does not have a city-owned or county-owned vehicle.

      Medical, dental, vision, and term life insurance also are available to Board Members, and amounts vary depending on when a member began serving on the Board and whether the member receives insurance from another public agency. The detailed description of what Board Members receive for insurance is available in the Personnel and Salary Resolution on page 8.

      Executives Position Salary Other Pay* Insurance Premiums Pension Costs Total Compensation Costs
      DARRELL JOHNSON Chief Executive Officer $335,774 $53,091 $25,223 $90,573 $504,661
      KENNETH PHIPPS Deputy Chief Executive Officer $271,669 $40,683 $9,555 $73,749 $395,656
      JAMES BEIL Executive Director $240,282 $16,808 $26,672 $65,519 $349,282
      LANCE LARSON Executive Director $222,914 $16,347 $15,500 $60,981 $315,742
      ANDREW OFTELIE Executive Director $234,291 $18,972 $23,173 $63,948 $340,385
      MAGGIE MC JILTON Executive Director $217,381 $13,947 $1,085 $58,198 $290,612
      JANET SUTTER Executive Director $212,202 $15,966 $21,501 $58,156 $307,826
      KIA MORTAZAVI Executive Director $243,506 $19,340 $16,688 $66,364 $345,899
      BETH MCCORMICK General Manager $230,797 $21,200 $16,648 $63,048 $331,693
      KIRK AVILA General Manager $232,502 $26,225 $10,160 $63,479 $332,367
      VIRGINIA ABADESSA Director $206,190 $19,970 $9,580 $56,596 $292,336
      SEAN MURDOCK Director $208,354 $17,934 $1,057 $57,147 $284,493
      ROSE CASEY Director $215,613 $16,068 $1,080 $59,051 $291,813
      SUE ZUHLKE Director $216,923 $18,277 $17,771 $59,394 $312,366
      JENNIFER BERGENER Director $224,370 $18,575 $29,530 $61,347 $333,822
      KURT BROTCKE Director $217,131 $20,037 $29,509 $59,339 $326,016
      BILL MAO Director $199,410 $19,630 $23,065 $54,818 $296,923
      ALICE ROGAN Director $176,072 $18,404 $22,994 $48,683 $266,153
      * Other Pay includes Deferred Compensation, Auto Allowance and Cell Phone Allowance
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