Ballem top wage earner in 2014. City of Vancouver spent $431 million on salaries, releases list of employees earning over $75,000

Penny Ballem City ManagerCity Manager Penny Ballem topped the list of wage earners at the City with a salary of $334,617 and she reported $2,033 in expenses in 2014. After Ballem, Francie Connell (Legal Services) was second at $294,244 on the list of City of Vancouver employees who earned $75,000 or more in 2014. Planning Chief Brian Jackson ($288,015), Housing Czar Mukhtar Latif ($284,393), and Financial Services GM Patrice Impey ($274,211) rounded off the top 5 wage earners.

The City of Vancouver released a list of employees who earned over $75,000 as part of a 2014 Financial Statement that will be reviewed in Council on Tuesday, April 28th. The City spent a total of $431,281,282 on employee salaries and expenses in 2014, this is up from $418,935,384 in 2013. The records indicate that 2,166 City employees earned over $75,000 last year.

Is salary tied to performance? It might be worth reviewing an article in 24hours from last year (Vancouver: the slowest FOI in Canada, Jeremy Nuttall, June 4, 2014). According to 24hours, Newspapers Canada ranked the City as “the worst in the country in terms of speed” for Freedom of Information Requests and “Vancouver was given an F grade by the audit for speed and was mediocre when it came to disclosure.” Barbara Van Fraassen the Director, Access to Information nonetheless took home $117,757 in 2014.

The figures for salaries and expenses are embedded in a PDF document and hence are unfortunately not published in a spreadsheet format (i.e. not Open Data friendly). In order to make the data more accessible, we’ve taken the time to extract the salary data from the staff report. It’s available ‘as is’ for download in a spreadsheet file: 2014_salaries_CoV_75k_plus.

The financial report also contains information the  $692,071,342 that was allocated to suppliers, and includes a list of suppliers with orders totalling over $25,000. Cultural grants, BIA allocations, Council and Park Board salaries are also included in the 2014 Statement of Financial Information. Most Councillors made a base salary of around $70,000; the City’s report does not include additional remuneration from Metro Vancouver.

Council_table_CoV_only

Here’s a list of the top 12 wage earners at the City of Vancouver:

Name Remuneration Expenses Total
Ballem, Penny 334,617 2,033 336,650
Connell, Francie 294,244 294,244
Jackson, Brian 288,015 592 288,607
Latif, Mukhtar 284,393 2,765 287,158
Impey, Patrice 274,211 4,921 279,132
Bromley, Malcolm 276,871 276,871
Johnston, Sadhu 266,781 644 267,425
Judd, Peter 265,175 689 265,864
Prosken, Brenda 234,059 315 234,374
Aujla, H B 230,906 3,288 234,194
McKearney, John 220,586 9,245 229,831
Dobrovolny, Jerry 217,406 9,097 226,503

Included below is a table of a cross section of Planning Staff salaries:

Name Remuneration Expenses Total
Jackson, Brian 288,015 592 288,607
Pickering, Jane 159,991 1,011 161,002
Munro, Kent 148,875 1,350 150,225
McNaney, Kevin 145,497 645 146,142
Greer, John 141,570 141,570
Molaro, Anita 132,289 4,600 136,889
Johnson, Ben 112,624 112,624
D’Agostini, Marco 112,448 79 112,527
Naylor, Michael 111,936 111,936
Hiebert, Karis 111,849 927 112,776
Gordon, Michael 111,342 111,342
Pecarski, Randy 110,955 110,955
Hoese, Karen 110,927 110,927
Autiero, David 110,781 84 110,865
Black, Sailen 108,809 607 109,416
Drobot, Dwayne 105,367 1,000 106,367
Miller, Grant 102,323 102,323
Shillito, Matt 99,449 99,449
McGuire, Michelle 98,818 1,800 100,618
Lau, Cynthia 98,804 98,804
McNeill, Yardley 98,195 98,195
Robinson, Kirsten 98,152 98,152
Uyesugi, Joyce 97,860 347 98,207
Au, Michelle 96,252 96,252
Zeng, Yan 91,778 273 92,051
Lebreton, Wendy 89,796 89,796
Dobson, Cory 88,337 944 89,281
So, Mandy 87,692 87,692
McKay, Dean 83,084 83,084
Wroblewski, Andrew 80,131 80,131
Winterbottom, Graham 77,564 1,394 78,958

The following wage earners complete the top 25 (from number 13 to 25):

Name Remuneration Expenses Total
Mochrie, Paul 218,273 218,273
Singh, S 206,155 3,366 209,521
Au, W 197,726 5,440 203,166
Lee, E 195,706 4,183 199,889
McDonald, M 196,299 196,299
Parkin, Ben 193,502 193,502
Naklicki, A 191,146 191,146
Stratton, N 187,529 1,247 188,776
Bradshaw, G 187,013 187,013
Drinovz, A L 184,706 550 185,256
Liljefors, Y 182,123 182,123
Dixon, I K 180,076 180,076
Liang, K 176,815 176,815

Data from 2013 is available in our previous post:
City staff salaries released for 2013. Suppliers list and financial breakdown (May 22, 2014)

One thought on “Ballem top wage earner in 2014. City of Vancouver spent $431 million on salaries, releases list of employees earning over $75,000

  1. Bellam and others must have their salaries reduced by 50% they are not worth more than that and do not work to earn this current salary, the system is flawed badly in the Public Sector

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