The three Bell city officials who drew the most fire for their extraordinary salaries resigned after a six-hour marathon session of the Bell City Council held behind closed doors Thursday into early Friday.
Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, police Chief Randy Adams and Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia all agreed to resign without severance, according to the Los Angeles Times. The trio drew national attention after the Times reported that they were being paid more than the governor of California for their roles at a small southeast L.A. County municipality that spans slightly more than 1 square mile.
Rizzo was getting nearly $800,000 a year, Adams was paid $457,000 annually and Spaccia got $376,288 a year. A crowd waiting all night outside council chambers erupted in applause when the resignations were announced.
Some of the part-time council members are still paid $100,000 a year for a job that in some cities pays nothing, and some in the crowd changed, “recall.”
Earlier in the day state Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that his office, along with California's pension system, would investigate the high salaries.