Comox staff salaries released

Nine staff members paid more than $75,000

  • May. 11, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Four Town of Comox staff members earned six-figure salaries last year – up from two in 2014 – according to year-end financial statements released Wednesday.

Additionally, nine staff members – down from 11 last year – are topping higher than $75,000.

Under the Financial Information Act, the town is required to report to the public a Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) which includes council remuneration and expenses along with that for employees.

Richard Kanigan, the town’s chief administrative officer topped the list at $131,335, followed by Don Jacquest, director of finance at $115,174.

Their salaries are up $7,004 and $7,719 respectively from 2014.

Other staff members earning more than $100,000 include town planner Marvin Kamenz ($104,657) and fire chief Gord Schreiner ($104,183).

Employees earning more than $75,000 include: engineer Shelly Ashfield ($98,107), parks superintendent Al Fraser ($90,531), Shelly Russwurm, deputy corporate administrator ($91,687), Glenn Westendorp, public works superintendent ($95,119) and assistant fire chiefs Jim Lariviere ($88,098) and Rick Shelton ($87,357).

Expenses for the 13 employees totalled $125,154 – up $46,566 from 2014 – with salaries totalling $4,561,457.

Remuneration for elected officials varied due to the fall municipal election, and varied from $16,734 for re-elected councillors to $1,395 for Russ Arnott and Marg Grant.

Mayor Paul Ives received $31,252.

In February, Coun. Hugh MacKinnon put forth a motion to not increase remuneration for one year for both mayor and councillor positions, which was approved by council.

Expenses for 2014 by elected officials totalled $29,088.

 

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