San Jose Mercury News / Palo Alto Daily News, October 16, 2012
Sequoia Healthcare District board has voted to give a 14 percent pay raise to the organization's chief executive officer, who oversees a handful of people. As a result of the board's 4-1 vote Wednesday, CEO Lee Michelson's pay will be bumped up from $159,000 to $182,000 a year. Board President Kim Griffin said the salary increase is based on merit as well as the board's desire to ensure Michelson's pay is competitive with that of other health care district CEOs in the state. Board Member Jack Hickey, who voted against the raise, said that although Lee is highly qualified, the work he does for the healthcare district does not merit such a big salary.