Castlegar city hall’s payroll rose about $300,000 between 2020 and 2021, but the city saved a few thousand dollars in council salaries due to a couple of vacancies.
According to the city’s annual statement of financial information, the city paid just over $5 million to its employees last year, compared to $4.7 million the year before.
Twenty-nine employees made more than $75,000 in 2021, compared to 28 the previous year, while 14 made $100,000, up from five a year earlier. Part of the difference was due to increases to several staff who were previously just below the $100,000 threshold.
These were the top paid staff last year:
|Chris Barlow||Chief administrator||$165,054|
|Ola Oladele||Chief financial officer||$141,783|
|Sam Lattanzio||Fire chief||$137,771|
|Tracey Butler||Corporate services director||$136,043|
|Duane Monson||Deputy fire chief||$133,690|
The same five employees were the top paid in 2020, although in a different order.
On the elected officials side, the city paid out just under $128,000 to mayor and council in stipend and expenses, down from about $135,000 the previous year on account of the resignation of mayor Bruno Tassone and subsequent resignation of councillor Florio Vassilakakis to seek the mayor’s seat in a byelection. In April 2021, Kirk Duff was elected mayor and Brian Bogle was elected to fill Vassilakakis’ seat.
|Dan Rye||Interim mayor/councillor||$22,400||$2,422|
(Heaton-Sherstobitoff’s expenses were originally listed at $2,129, but council corrected the error before adopting the report last week.)
Council recently appointed a committee to review their pay in time for the October municipal election. The base rate for the mayor is about $36,000, and for councillors it’s $16,000 each.