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"Staffing Up @ Victoria City Hall" ?
"Victoria City Hall jobs" ?
"Municipal Property Taxes" ?
or one of the "Amalgamation" threads ?
Victoria city staff among region’s top civic earners
Victoria city senior staff remain among the top civic earners in the region, according to recently released financial information.
City manager Jason Johnson was the city’s highest paid official with $274,977 in salary and benefits in 2016 and $8,193 in expenses.
Next highest was city solicitor Tom Zworski, at $238,329 in salary and benefits.
Deputy city manager Jocelyn Jenkyns was paid $228,391 in salary and benefits and filed expenses of $19,832.38
Director of finance Susanne Thompson was paid $198,743.
Mayor Lisa Helps said Victoria uses the Capital Regional District, Delta, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Port Coquitlam, North Vancouver District, Saanich and Richmond for comparison when setting senior management salaries.
“So we’re within the 85th percentile of those ones. We don’t compare ourselves with Esquimalt and Oak Bay because they [are smaller and] are not good comparators,” Helps said.
The salary and benefit totals of Johnson, Zworski, Jenkyns and Thompson increased by between 11 and 17 per cent over the previous year. Helps said that reflects payouts for vacation time not used: “It’s not [salary] increases. It’s just one-time vacation payouts.”
The head of Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge project, who is not a city employee, billed more than $300,000 for his services in 2016.
Jonathan Huggett, brought in as a consultant in 2014 after the project’s contractor submitted a change order for an extra $7.9 million to complete the “fixed price” project, was paid $303,087 for his services last year.
Huggett is not listed with other employees earning more than $75,000 a year. Instead, the amount paid to him appears in the Statement of Financial Information accounts paid section under JR Huggett Co.
Helps said Huggett’s total includes things such as disbursements for flights. “It’s still taxpayer money, but all of those other things are included in that $300,000.”
Salary and benefits paid to Victoria Fire Department employees making more than $75,000 totalled $12,420,684.
In all, remuneration paid to those in the city (union and exempt staff) earning more than $75,000 totalled $29,527,095. For those earning less than $75,000, the total was $28,599,970.
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The article goes on to reveal other top municipal salaries - -
(CAO) Paul Thorkelsson $249,828
(ex-CAO) Paul Murray $124,019 (following a severance package of over
(CAO) Laurie Hurst $190,284
(Deputy Fire Chief) Don Roskelley $184,593
(CAO) Helen Koning $174,063