Big bucks for CVRD staff

  • Jul. 3, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Scott Stanfield

Record Staff

Salaries of 10 employees at the Comox Valley Regional District exceeded $100,000 last year.

Topping the list was CAO Deb Oakman, who earned $166,852 plus $11,673 in expenses.

General manager of property services Kevin Lorette, who has since moved on to the Capital Regional District in Victoria, earned $138,620 plus $6,549 in expenses.

Other top earners were general manager of community services Ian Smith ($124,824); general manager of public affairs Leigh Carter ($119,629); corporate legislative officer James Warren (108,269); senior manager of engineering services Marc Rutten ($107,511); corporate financial officer Beth Dunlop ($107,000); senior manager of information systems & GIS Brian Pearson ($105,737); manager of solid waste Tom Boatman ($102,376); and parks manager Michael Nihls ($100,067).

Total remuneration and expenses for 28 managers and senior employees was nearly $9.2 million for 2013. The figure jumps to $11.25 million when including wages and benefits owing to staff.

Area C director Edwin Grieve received $55,557 for serving as CVRD board chair,  plus $10,226 for committee responsibilities and $10,390 in expenses.

Area A director Bruce Jolliffe earned $22,162 plus $9,595 for committee work and $10,654 for expenses.

Area B director Jim Gillis earned $21,364 plus $11,445 for committee and $12,388 in expenses.

Courtenay directors Jon Ambler, Manno Theos and Starr Winchester, Comox reps Tom Grant and Patti Fletcher, and Cumberland director Gwyn Sproule each received $10,706. Courtenay director Bill Anglin earned $10,756.

Committee earnings and expenses varied among directors.

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