City releases 'sunshine' list of employees making over $75,000

Of the top earners, 18 were fire department staff, whose salaries and benefits totalled around $2.1 million—40 per cent of all remuneration over $75,000.

Administrators, fire fighters, ice makers, gardeners, building inspectors and equipment operators were among the 50 Dawson Creek city employees earning over $75,000 in 2015.

That's according to the city's annual statement of financial information, the so-called "Sunshine List' in which public bodies must list all employees taking home $75,000 or higher.

The city must disclose the information under provincial transparency rules within six months of the end of the fiscal year. In addition, the law requires cities list suppliers of goods and services with total contracts valued over $25,000.

In all, employees making over $75,000 were paid $5.19 million in 2015. Those employees billed around $99,000 in expenses.

The city spent a total of $11.3 million on payroll, a 7.3 per cent increase over 2014.

Of the top earners, 18 were fire department staff, whose salaries and benefits totalled around $2.1 million—40 per cent of all remuneration over $75,000.

Chief Administrative Officer Jim Chute was the top earner last year, with salary and benefits totalling $200,216.81.  

Mayor's expenses down over last year  

Mayor Dale Bumstead took home $58,041, with expenses of $23,860.

That's below what the mayor spent on travel and accommodations the previous year, when he billed $27,499.

Councillors earned $17,828.58 apiece, with the exception of Mark Rogers, who earned 83 cents more due to a payroll timing issue.  

Coun. Cheryl Shuman recorded the highest expenses of the six councillors, at $17,651.21. Coun. Paul Gevatkoff did not bill the city for any expenses.

Council last discussed a pay raise for elected officials in October 2014, but the idea found little support.

COUNCIL

Dale Bumstead
Mayor
Remuneration: $58,041.13
Expenses: $23,860.12

Paul Gevatkoff
Councillor
Remuneration $17,828.58
Expenses: $0

Terry McFadyen
Councillor
Remuneration: $17,828.58
Expenses: $4,684.32

Charlie Parslow
Councillor
Remuneration: $17,828.58
Expenses: $6,577.43

Mark Rogers
Councillor
Remuneration: $17,829.42
Expenses: $5,121.03

Cheryl Shuman
Councillor
Remuneration: $17,828.58
Expenses: $17,651.21

Shaely Wilbur
Councillor
Remuneration: $17,828.58
Expenses: $14,368.16.

STAFF

Jim Chute
Chief Administrative Officer
Remuneration: $200,216.81
Expenses: $6,870.59

Shelly Woolf
Chief Financial Officer
Remuneration: $153,490.61
Expenses: $2,862.02

Marcel Capelle
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $151,126.92
Expenses: $75.00

Cody Meeres
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $135,207.02

Ken Reitsma
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $135,122.90
Expenses: $100.00

Michael Fritsche
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $133,040.10

Kevin Henderson
Director of Development Services
Remuneration: $123,963.36
Expenses: $9,506.36

Robert Huttema
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $122,816.00
Expenses: $6,147.08

Barry Reynard
Director of Community Services
Remuneration: $120,941.40
Expenses: $1,553.00

Gordon Smith
Fire Chief
Remuneration: $119,874.51
Expenses: 9,892.70

Todd Pickett
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $119,371.28
Expenses: $336.62

Wesley Pearson
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $118,458.16
Expenses: $673.24

Robert Fulton
Assistant Fire Chief
Remuneration: $114,018.16
Expenses: $7,589.14

Mark Sutton
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $113,815.76
Expenses: $336.62

Shawn Dahlen
Director of Infrastructure
Remuneration: $113,786.27
Expenses: $3,633.28

Brenda Ginter
Director of Corporate Administration
Remuneration: $113,713.16
Expenses: $2,919.55

Brooks Gower
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $109,945.54
Expenses: $411.62

Jason Carpenter
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $107,276.34
Expenses: $190.00

Gary Kerbrat
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $106,636.48
Expenses: $660.06

John Burritt
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $105,984.06
Expenses: $3,574.72

Lewis Weaver
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $104,063.34
Expenses: $4,436.72

Kiel Davoren
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $102,575.76

Bradley St. Germain
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $102,318.52

Raymond Richmond
Fire Fighter
Remuneration: $102,101.72
Expenses: 862.00

John Kalinczuk
Water Resource Manager
Remuneration: $98,302.80
Expenses: $6,264.35

Duncan Redfearn
Deputy Director of Community Services
Remuneration: $97,711.37
Expenses: $2,235.69

Devon Aaroe
Engineering III
Remuneration: $97,499.00
Expenses: $1,092.36

Tyra-Lee Henderson
Deputy Director of Corporate Administration
Remuneration: $94,475.05
Expenses: $2,142.09

Jennifer Snyder
Head Librarian
Remuneration: $92,077.55

Rodney Booth
Operator III
Remuneration: $91,171.61
Expenses: $9,272.24

Janet Loiselle
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Remuneration: $91,096.93
Expenses: $478.81

Chante Patterson-Elden
Facilities Manager
Remuneration: $87,712.75
Expenses: $3,451.94

Peter Nilsen
Energy Manager
Remuneration: $87,441.11
Expenses: $1,647.69

David Siemens
Gardner
Remuneration: $86,020.38
Expenses: $572.12

Kerry De Vuyst
Water Operator III
Remuneration: $84,765.47
Expenses: $2,366.05

Russell Broughton
Head Mechanic
Remuneration: $84,589.76

Richard Mathieson
Public Works Manager
Remuneration: $83,925.57

Melina Sweezey
Aquatic Coordinator
Remuneration 82,620.30
Expenses: $1,989.08

Alan Peters
Operator III
Remuneration: $82,167.34

Bruce Mingo
Facilities Handyman
Remuneration: $79,556.88

Ron Regnier
Operator III
Remuneration: 78,693.98

Janice Anderson
CPIC Operator
Remuneration: 78,606.18
Expenses: $249.30

Shane McClarty
First Class Mechanic
Remuneration: $77,985.49

Gerritt Lacey
Utilities Manager
Remuneration: $77,516.69
Expenses: $245.00

Veronica Murphy
Lifeguard III
Remuneration: $77,359.49
Expenses: $988.35

Brent Newman
Chief Bylaw Officer
Remuneration: $76,833.63

Douglas Bergeron
Operator III
Remuneration: $75,980.72

Brian Farqhar
Water Operator II
Remuneration: $75,941.96
Expenses: $1,868.89

Kevin Gourley
Equipment Operator II
Remuneration: $75,844.88
Expenses: $1,883.70

Jane Connelly
CPIC Operator
Remuneration: $75,425.84

Victor Fujioka
Ice Maker II
Remuneration: $75,273.60

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