Taxpayers paid California’s chief prison psychiatrist $838,706 in 2010

BLOOMBERG: A chief psychiatrist for California’s overcrowded prison system was paid more than any other state employee in 2010, according to payroll figures released today.

The doctor, whose name wasn’t released, had a salary range of $261,408 to $308,640 and collected a total of $838,706, according to data released by Controller John Chiang. The total includes bonuses or payout of unused vacation time or sick days, according to the controller’s office. Chiang’s office later issued a statement saying the figure was wrong and would be corrected, without elaborating.

The 10 highest-paid state employees each earned more than $500,000 in the 2010 calendar year, the figures show. In contrast, Governor Jerry Brown’s salary is $173,987. Seven of the top 10 were prison doctors or dentists.

“Governor Brown is concerned about high salaries and payouts, which are driven by a number of things, including court mandates, accrued vacation time and the last administration’s furlough program,” a spokeswoman, Elizabeth Ashford, said in a statement. “We are looking closely at why some individuals receive such extraordinary sums.”

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