City employees, councillors and mayor salaries revealed

Lisa Goudy
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Former city manager Garry McKay earned the highest city hall employee remuneration for 2013.

City council and city administration are seen during the Aug. 11, 2014 council meeting at city hall. Councillors received the 2013 municipal public accounts document at the meeting.

As indicated in the 2013 municipal public accounts, McKay earned $151,142.14 in regular remuneration for the year ended on Dec. 31. In comparison, according to Prince Albert’s 2013 municipal public accounts, former city manager Robert Cotterill made $192,425 in 2013.

The annual public accounts document detailed city council earnings and all city wages of at least $50,000. It also included a report of revenues and expenditures as well as any contractual expenses and grants over $50,000.

Moose Jaw city council received and filed the document at Monday’s council meeting.

“It has a number of categories in terms of the information that is presented,” said Brian Acker, director of financial services with the city. “This has been presented since 1988, the first time public accounts were required. Over that period of time, the levels of reporting have changed but really the categories in that are very similar.”

In the report, Deputy Police Chief Randy Fuhr earned the second highest salary in 2013 at $142,506.51. The third highest salary in 2013 went to Acker at $133,953.79.

Myron Gulka-Tiechko, city clerk/solicitor, earned $132,955.98 and Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, earned $132,823.32.

In Moose Jaw, there were 42 employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2013. In Prince Albert in 2013, there were 78 employees whose wages were higher than $100,000.

Of the seven Moose Jaw councillors, Mayor Deb Higgins earned the highest remuneration in 2013 at $66,392.06 and she incurred $4,462.09 in expenses. In Prince Albert, Mayor Greg Dionne received remuneration of $84,470 and incurred travel expenses of $1,559.

The second highest-grossing councillor was Coun. Patrick Boyle, who received remuneration of $23,454.04 and incurred $2,629.80 in expenses.

Coun. Heather Eby received $23,319.09 in remuneration and had expenses of $23.81. Coun. Candis Kirkpatrick received $23,254.04 in remuneration and had expenses totaling $1,053.67. The fifth highest-grossing councillor was Coun. Brian Swanson, who earned $22,958.14 in 2013 and had $99 in expenses.

Coun. Dawn Luhning and Coun. Don Mitchell both received $22,674.62 in remuneration. Luhning had expenses of $23.81 and Mitchell had expenses totaling $300.

In total, all seven councillors received remuneration of $204,726.61 and incurred $8,592.18 in expenses. The average city councillor remuneration in 2013 was $23,055.76 with an average of $688.35 in expenses. In Prince Albert, the average city councillor remuneration was $31,337.51 with average travel expenses of $2,161.89.

Additionally, the City of Moose Jaw had approximately $30.67 million in contractual expenditures in 2013. The highest amount was to the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) at $7.45 million. The second highest went to SaskPower at $3.15 million followed by Cypress Paving at $2.15 million.

The fifth highest contractual expenditure was to the Buffalo Pound Water administration board at $1.76 million.

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Organizations: Prince Albert, Moose Jaw city council, Buffalo Pound Water administration board

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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