While Township council grapples with receiving a double digit pay increase amidst a struggling world economy, municipal employees continue to see their wages climb.
As required in the Financial Information Act, salaries that exceed $75,000 must be disclosed publicly. In the Township, there are 165 staff making more than $75,000, and 67 employees who make more than $100,000.
The Township’s top earner is municipal administrator Mark Bakken who made $288,038 and expensed $12,743 in 2012. He’s seen a $20,000 increase in pay since 2010. Some of that remuneration increase may include overtime.
Below Bakken for top earnings is Jason Winslade, GM of administration and community service, who made $227,650. He made $210,445 in 2010. Ramin Seifi, general manager of planning and engineering, made $199,806.
It’s been a costly venture for taxpayers to outfit each of its fire halls with full-time firefighters. There are 54 firefighters on the Township payroll now. While the average firefighter makes anywhere from $75,000 to $95,000 per year, with some of that dependent on overtime hours worked, captains make upwards of $90,000 and district fire chiefs make more than $110,000 on average.
Township fire chief Stephen Gamble makes $154,958.
The Township salaries are in line with similar-sized municipalities.
The Township employs more than 525 full and part-time people.
Total remuneration for Township employees for 2011 was $46 million.
The remuneration for mayor and council in 2011 was also released as part of the report. A task force was proposed after councillors’ pay rose by 19 per cent in December, while the mayor’s pay rose 12 per cent. The raises are part of a regular increase that takes place every three years.
Mayor Jack Froese made $4,884 with $1,920 in expenses in 2011. He only served as mayor in December.
Former mayor Rick Green made $88,513 and expensed $9,371.
Remuneration, including expenses, are listed below for the two mayors and members of council who served in 2011.
Jordan Bateman — $23,993 (He left his seat early to take a job at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation)
David Davis — $2,475 (first term)
Bev Dornan — $42,057
Steve Ferguson — $43,071
Charlie Fox — $39,496
Mel Kositsky — $43,190
Bob Long — $49,250
Kim Richter — $45,154
Michelle Sparrow — $3,310 (first term)
Grant Ward — $47,271
Total remuneration for elected officials is $383,087.