Ka-ching! City of Courtenay's top earners make big bucks

Nine employees at Courtenay City Hall earned six-figure salaries last year, according to financial statements which municipalities and regional districts are required each year to release.

Topping the list was director of financial services Tillie Manthey, who earned just under $140,000 in 2013 ($139,978), along with $4,000-plus in expenses.

Incoming chief administrative officer David Allen earned $111,655 while outgoing CAO Sandy Gray made $89,261.

Other top earners include now-retired operational services director Kevin Lagan ($124,576), planning services director Peter Crawford ($122,235), community services director Randy Wiwchar ($114,324), fire chief Don Bardonnex ($103,220), former manager of operations Keir Gervais ($104,293), senior manager of engineering Lesley Hatch ($101,351) and legislative services director John Ward ($100,004).

Total remuneration for employees with salaries exceeding $75,000 was nearly $2.6 million. More than $100,000 in expenses were paid out.

Those making less than $75,000 accounted for $6.6 million and $84,541 in expenses.

Employee salaries and earnings of elected officials totalled $9,450,765. Expenses were $225,184.

In 2012, the earnings/expenses totals were $8,675,623 and $155,237 respectively.

Combined remuneration for Courtenay council in 2013 was $177,056 and $40,541 in expenses. Mayor Larry Jangula made $49,291 and $9,394 in expenses. The rest of council earned $21,190 apiece, except for Ronna-Rae Leonard, who earned $21,815. Hers was higher in lieu of additional duties. Last year, Jangula made $47,993 and councillors $20,629. Leonard earned $21,254.

There were two severance agreements representing 10 to 12 months of salary and benefits in fiscal 2013.

For a PDF of the 2013 City of Courtenay annual report, go to


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