In some government agencies, including the city of Vancouver and Clark County government, top officials receive a monthly travel stipend in lieu of a take-home vehicle.
• In the county, the county administrator, assessor, auditor, treasurer, prosecuting attorney, clerk, public works director, undersheriff and medical examiner each receive a stipend of $600 per month. That amount will increase to $700 per month in 2013.
• Vancouver’s city manager, assistant city manager, police chief and two assistant police chiefs have monthly stipends of $400 to $600 per month, depending on the position.
Source: Clark County and city of Vancouver
In Clark County, more than 250 publicly owned vehicles are assigned to and taken home by government employees. They’re allowed to use the vehicles for business and commuting to and from work.
Since the economic downturn, cities across the nation, including Vancouver, have reduced the number of take-home vehicles in their fleets and changed their policies on who may take vehicles home at the workday’s close.