Top money makers at Kelowna City Hall revealed
Kelonwa is out with its annual list of how much its highest paid employees received in 2012. And the list of top earners at City Hall has grown.
Last year 59 employees—36 managers and 23 firefighters—received total remuneration of more than $100,000, up from 29 five years ago. The number of employees who received more than $75,000 in total remuneration grew to 256 last year from 123 five years ago.
As expected, the top paid employee was city manager Ron Mattiussi, who received $254,554. He was followed by community services general manager John Vos at $188,868, corporate sustainability general manager Pau Macklem, who spent most of 2012 running the Central Okanagan Regional District, at $188,796, executive director of business development Jim PAterson at $167,547 and airport director Sam Samaddar at $156,268.
The top paid firefighter was training officer Kenneth Jacobson who received $117,071, followed by platoon captains Tim Light, Dale Calhoun and Henry Roeofs,who received $115,847, 115,067 and 109,594 respectively.
No city worker represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees made $100,000 or more last year.
On Monday, Mayor Walter Gray defended the amount of money the city pays its staff and said he would prefer that municipalities not have to disclose the total remuneration its pays its workers as part of the mandatory annual financial reporting it must make public each year.
He said any employee that works somewhere long enough will see their wages increase.
"It's unfair to people who work for local government and its unfair to the public because they don't necessarily look at it five years back," said Gray, who received just over $92,000 as mayor last year, with about one-third of that tax free.
Councillors receive about $31,000, with one-third tax free.
Gray said many of the city's employees are highly trained and educated, listing MBAs and engineering degrees, as some of the qualifications some city employees possess.
"We have so many specialists involved in providing good government to our citizens," said Gray, adding local government is different from the private sector in many ways.
However, in the past, one of the justifications for the salary paid to the city manager in Kelowna has been to compare it to as if he ran a private corporation with an equivalent work force handling an equivalent $100 million budget.
Here's a list of the Kelowna city employees who received $100,000 or more in total remuneration in 2012:
• Mattiussi, Ronald - City Manager $254,554
• Vos, John - Community Services GM $188,868
• Macklem, Paul - Corporate Sustainability GM $188,796
• Paterson, Jim - Executive Director of Business Development $167,547
• Samaddar, Sam - Airport Director $156,268
• Creron, Joe Civic - Operations Director $144,363
• Carlisle, Jeffrey - Fire Chief $136,691
• Gilchrist, Douglas - Community Sustainability GM $136,023
• Gabriel, Jim - Recreation & Cultural Services Director $134,528
• Grayston, Keith - Financial Services Director $131,875
• Westlake, Ronald - Regional Services Director $130,729
• Mayne, Rob - Corporate Services Director $126,946
• Berry, William - Design & Construction Services Director $126,899
• Wilde, Louis - Deputy Fire Chief $126,112
• Bagh, Signe - Infrastructure Planning Director $125,657
• Gambacort, Shelley - Policy & Planning Director $125,311
• Cleveland, Randy - Infrastructure Planning Director $125,010
• Bayat, Mo - Development Services Director $124,864
• Leatherdale, Stuart - Human Resources Director $123,482
• Brolund, Jason - Dep. Fire Chief, Comm. & Emergency Programs $123,154
• Doherty, Thomas - Dep. Fire Chief, Adm,Trg & Fire Prev. $121,045
• Weaden, Carla M - Communications Director $120,753
• Muenz, Steven - Development Engineering Mgr. $120,378
• Fuller, David - Airport Operations Deputy Dir. $115,459
• Carr, Eric - Strategic Initiatives Department Manager $114,577
• Entwistle, Robert - Information Services Manager $114,225
• Smith, Ryan - Subdivision Approval Manager $107,391
• Wilson, Ian - Parks Services Manager $107,024
• Graham, David - Strategic Initiatives $104,762
• Patan, Douglas - Building & Permitting Manager $103,989
• Fleming, Stephen - City Clerk $103,474
• Irani, Purvez - Roads, Drainage & Solid Waste Projects Mgr. $102,535
• Shaw, Joel - Capital Assets & Investments Manager $102,220
• Butchart, Brian - Systems Development Manager $102,174
• Sourisseau, Paul - HR Manager - Community Services $101,494
• Van Vliet, Kevin - Utility & Building Projects Mgr. $100,390
• Jacobson, Kenneth - Training Officer $117,071
• Light, Timothy - V Platoon Captain $115,847
• Calhoun, Dale - Platoon Captain $115,067
• Roelofs, Henry - Platoon Captain $109,594
• Wallick, Steve - Captain $107,393 • •
• Paley, Glenn - Assistant Training Officer $106,866
• Kelly, John - Captain $106,866
• Schleppe, Robert - Captain $106,609
• Serres, Lawrence - Platoon Captain $106,810
• Moore, Brian - Fire Administration Officer II $105,959
• Daft, Gregory - Fire Prevention Officer $105,472
• Miller, Dennis - Captain $104,613
• Hill, Timothy - Captain $104,273
• Barth, Neil - Captain $103,888
• Stephens, Kelly - Captain $103,476
• Golling, Ronald - Captain $103,349
• Pinda, Ronald - Captain $102,791
• Darchuk, Gordon - Lieutenant $101,713
• Hollier, Lawrence - Captain $101,587
• Buchanan, Robbie - Captain $101,404
• Bostock, Bruce - Captain $101,378
• Hall, Steven - Captain $101,310
• Simpson, Eric - Captain $100,552