by Dave Preston
Four municipal managers made more individually in 2011 than the combined total of all council members, according to a report released today by the District of Peachland.
The Statement of Financial Information is a yearly report published by each municipality that details a variety of data, including remuneration for all elected officials and those staff members earning in excess of $75,000.
Council members took home a total of $89,831 in 2011, while four town managers were paid more than that individually.
Mayor Keith Fielding received $21,017. 2011 was an election year. Councillors Terry Condon, Vern Moberg and Peter Schierbeck were all re-elected and received $11,469 each for their 12 months of service.
Elected officials were also reimbursed for expenses in 2011. Coun. Lindsay Bell topped the list of reimbursements, being paid back $3,742 in expenses. Coun. Charlette Broadoway came in second with $3,419 and the mayor was reimbursed for $3,265 in expenses.
CAO Elsie Lemke was paid the most in 2011, receiving $134,654 in pay. That represents a $5,443 or 4.2 per cent increase over the $129,211 she received in 2010.
While all other managers received a raise in 2011, the amount Fire Chief Grant Topham was paid went down. Topham was paid $89,093 in 2010. Last year he received $84,308 — $4,785 less or a 5.4 per cent decrease.
All district managers, with the exception of Cheryl Wiebe, director of community services, earned more than $75,000 in 2011. Water mechanics Shawn Grundy and Wayne Marceniuk are also on the disclosure list, taking home $75,341 and $77,917 respectively.
The District of Peachland paid out $89,831 to council members and $2.367 million to employees in 2011.
Here’s a breakdown of management wages:
Elsie Lemke, chief administrative officer
- $134,654 (2011) | $129,211 (2010) | $5,443 increase, 4.2%
Doug Allin, director of operations
- $103,329 (2011) | $101,466 (2010) | $1,863 increase, 1.8%
Doug Pryde, director of finance
- $95,450 (2011) | $93,985 (2010) | $1,465 increase, 1.6%
Dave Smith, director of planning
- $90,760 (2011) | $89,996 (2010) | $764 increase, 0.8%
Polly Palmer, director of corporate services
- $86,126 (2011) | $81,860 (2010) | $4,266 increase, 5.2%
Grant Topham, fire chief
- $84,308 (2011) | $89,093 (2010) | $4,785 decrease, 5.4%