From the day authorities handcuffed and led away eight Bell administrators and politicians in a massive public corruption case, people in this small working-class town have wondered why it wasn't the Bell 9 instead.
Missing in the line-up of defendants — from city administrator Robert Rizzo to the pastor who said his lavish paycheck for serving on the City Council was a gift from God — was the town's police chief.
For running the city's 46-person Police Department, Randy Adams made more than the Los Angeles police chief or the Los Angeles County sheriff. His contract, prosecutors said, was drawn up so that citizens would be unable to learn the real size of his paycheck.
-- Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Photo: Randy Adams, whose $457,000 salary in Bell was 50% higher than that of his Los Angeles counterpart, at a City Council meeting in 2010. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times / July 19, 2010