The burgeoning scandal consuming County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ office threw into sharp relief one of the nicest benefits supervisors get: generous car allowances that also enhance their lifelong pensions.
If Roberts were to quit today, he would have already earned a lifelong pension from the County of San Diego even though he’s only worked there two years.
Roberts is accused of maintaining an inappropriate relationship with a young staffer who served in part as Roberts’ driver. Roberts’ representative confirmed for me that the staffer, who earned $47,000 in base pay, did drive the supervisor around in a county-owned vehicle even though Roberts collected a $12,000-a-year car allowance precisely to maintain his own transportation.
“It’s inaccurate to describe him as a driver or chauffeur,” said spokesman Gary Gartner. “His assignment was to efficiently get Supervisor Roberts to the six to 10 appointments — including government meetings — a day that he had.”