District of Clearwater reports on salaries and expenses

Part of the increase over the previous year is due to the 2015 year including 27 pay periods

The provincial government requires that every year local governments report on the remuneration and expenses to council members, staff and suppliers.

This year’s Statement of Financial Information released during the June 21 town council meeting shows increases for elected officials and other employees. However, part of that is due to the 2015 year including 27 pay periods.

Mayor John Harwood’s remuneration for 2015 was about $18,000, up from $17,000 the previous year. His expenses of $7,000 were an increase from the $4,000 spent in 2014.

Pay for the other council members was $9,400 last year, an increase from $8,900 in 2014.

Councillor’s expenses ranged from $760 for Merlin Blackwell to $5,500 for Ken Kjenstad.

Total remuneration for elected officials was $74,000, up from the previous year’s $70,900. Expenses went to $31,000 from $24,000.

Chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx received $115,000 in remuneration, up from $105,000. Her expenses for 2015 were $10,000, an increase from the $7,000 spent in 2014.

Recreation facilities supervisor Roger Mayer collected $89,000 in remuneration, an increase from the $77,000 the year before. His expenses were $2,300, compared to $1,000 in 2014.

The director of finance’s and public works superintendent’s positions, which ordinarily would be among the top earners, had new people take over during the year and so no easy numbers are available.

Roads maintenance contractor Borrow Enterprises Ltd. collected the most of the District’s suppliers at $730,000. This is down from the just over $900,000 paid in 2014.

As a comparison, City of Kamloops has 4 1/2 pages of employees earning over $75,000 in its SOFI report.

Kamloops city administrator David Travin earned $245,000 last year.

The city’s director of parks, recreation and cultural services earned $196,000.

 

Clearwater’s chief administrative officer Lesle Groulx earned about the same or less than Kamloops’ several fire captains.