Some workers who provide fire and water service in rural areas outside Lodi are well-paid, while others run on a shoestring budget. Take the local fire chiefs for example.
Woodbridge Chief Michael Kirkle earned more in 2007 than other rural chiefs north of Stockton with almost $108,000. Meanwhile, Stan Seifert from Liberty Fire received $37,804 in salary. That goes up to a little more than $40,000 when you look at how much the district spends in fringe benefits for him. Everyone else came in between.