ARE CITY EMPLOYEES and City council worth their paycheques?
That’s a subjective question if there ever was one but first you have to know how much they’re getting paid. The numbers are available — at least for those making more than $75,000 — in a document called the Statement of Financial Information Report (SOFI).
The total bill for remuneration to City employees not including benefits was more than $61 million in 2019. Of that, employees making more than $75,000 a year account for $33,242,932 of it. Council members cost a little under $400,000.
A bit of trivia — in 2000, there was one City employee making more than $100,000. That was the chief administrative officer. In 2019, there were 183 of them. In 2000, the CAO was paid $110,000 a year. In 2019, current CAO David Trawin was paid just shy of $273,000. Add the benefits and it comes in at $286,137.
Several senior managers pull in more than $200,000 including benefits.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Webster Awards. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.