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Top compensations in City Manager

Name Hire date Compensation
David Cooke 6/30/2014 $314,995
Fernando Costa 4/20/1998 $191,161
Susan Alanis 9/20/1999 $189,224
Jesus Chapa 6/27/2005 $184,500
Valerie Washington 9/8/2015 $169,998

Top City Manager compensations at City Manager

Name Hire Date Compensation
David Cooke 6/30/2014 $314,995


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