In a 4-1 vote, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday increased District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s salary by 9 percent, based on a county policy that seeks to keep the D.A.’s and sheriff’s annual pay aligned.

Department of Human Resources Director Brenda Diederichs said that a county policy implemented four years ago sought to keep the sheriff’s and district attorney’s salaries “tethered.”

“So we’re making their salaries the same?” board Chairman Chuck Washington asked, to which Diederichs replied, “Yes.”

Sheriff Stan Sniff’s and Hestrin’s paychecks fell out of parity during changes to salary schedules between 2014 and this year.

Hestrin’s current salary is $251,964, according to HR officials. The board’s action will bring it to $273,463, effective Oct. 11.

Supervisor Kevin Jeffries cast the lone dissenting vote on the pay hike, though he did not comment on it. Jeffries has also rejected salary increases for himself, freezing his pay at the level to which it was set when he took office in January 2013 — $143,031.The supervisor is a fiscal hawk and has consistently maintained the need to lower county costs wherever and whenever possible.

His fellow supervisors earn about $153,000 a year.

According to data released in June by the California State Controller’s Office, the sheriff and D.A. do not make the list of the top 50 highest paid county officials, and board members are beyond the 700 mark in total compensation, on par with county pharmacists.

The top10 earners, based on 2017 figures published by the controller’s office, are an assistant sheriff, a sheriff’s captain, a county administrator, two staff psychiatrists at the Department of Mental Health, that agency’s medical director, a deputy county counsel, a human resources executive, Riverside University Health System CEO Zareh Sarrafian and RUHS’s chief medical officer, Dr. Arnold Tabuenca.

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