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Administration grows too big

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I tend to agree with the direction of Mr. (Wally) Reemelin’s comments (Another View, Journal, Jan. 28.) Since the governor oversees all the counties of California, perhaps two-thirds percent of his salary would be more than sufficient for any county or city employee. I have not researched the increase in the general number of employees in this city’s or county’s various departments. However, from my 40 years experience at UC Davis in the College of Agriculture, the tendency for administrators to expand the personnel under them is never-ending. When I was first employed there was a dean, an administrative assistant and a secretary. When I left the dean had four or five assistant deans, a number of administrative assistants and numerous secretaries. The number of students in the college had only increased two- or three-fold. An administrator is assigned a job to oversee a department. He needs an assistant to do the “grunt” work, who in turn needs an assistant and so on. This is a general problem with most government operations. The more employees under the administrator the more he gets paid. CORNELIUS OUGH, Auburn