The City of Vancouver recently published a “sunshine list” of the names of employees earning more than $75,000 per annum. Former City Manager Penny Ballem topped the list in 2014, and again in 2015 by taking home a salary of $343,767 while claiming expenses of $475. Ballem was dismissed on September 15, 2015 (for further details, see: FOI release triggers more questions about firing of former City Manager).
The ranks of employees earning $75,000 or more swelled to 2,437 in 2015, up from 2,166 in 2014 (an increase of 11.1% or of 271 employees). Here’s a list of the top wage earners at the City who made more than $220,000 last year:
Former Planning Chief Brian Jackson earned $286,710 and he billed for $4,081 in expenses. Housing Czar Mukhtar Latif ($284,112), Francie Connell ($301,598) of Legal Services, Park Board GM Malcolm Bromley ($289,644) , Financial Services GM Patrice Impey ($285,313), rounded off the top 6 wage earners.
The current Acting Planning Chief Jane Pickering recorded a salary of $176,568. City Clerk Janice Mackenzie earned $169,127 while FOI Chief Barbara van Fraassen recorded a salary of $126,087. The new City Manager Sadhu Johnston earned $285,232. The Mayor’s former Chief of Staff, Mike Magee, saw a pay hike to $144,547 from $106,465 a year earlier (for further details, please see this post: City staffer Mike Magee receives pay hike in 2015, donates $10,000 to Vision Vancouver).
The ‘sunshine list’ of City employees making over $75,000 can be viewed in a PDF file of the City’s 2015 Financial Statement. For convenience, we have collected the salary information for both 2015 and 2014 into a spreadsheet file.
Ballem top wage earner in 2014. City of Vancouver spent $431 million on salaries, releases list of employees earning over $75,000 (April 27, 2015)
Pay hike bylaw changes ‘for’ City Council: Unanimously approved ‘by’ City Council. Public input: Zero. (April 5, 2015)