When many desert residents consider who the Coachella Valley’s highest-paid government employee is, they might imagine a city manager or police chief.

In truth, the valley’s highest-paid public employee heads an organization many might not think of as a government entity at all.

Scott White, president and CEO of tourism promotor Visit Greater Palm Springs, received more than $623,000 in salary, bonuses and benefits in 2021. In 2020, he took home over $606,000 in total compensation, up nearly 15% from the year prior, according to data submitted to the public pay database Transparent California and confirmed by Visit Greater Palm Springs.

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