The elite club of staff earning more than $150,000 at the City of Victoria jumped from eight in 2010 to 15 last year.
The increase is due partly to the fact that non-unionized staff, such as directors and managers, receive the same annual increase as unionized staff, as determined through union negotiations.
There is also a newcomer on the list: city lawyer Tomasz Zworski was hired in May 2010, making 2011 his first full salaried year with the city. He earned $196,605, making him the third-highest earner, after city manager Gail Stephens ($231,452) and newly-appointed lead on the Johnson Street Bridge, Peter Sparanese ($227,258).
The remuneration of all employees earning more than $75,000 is published every June in a document called the Public Bodies Report. The list does not include police salaries.
Meanwhile, re-elected councillors – who held office throughout 2011 – earned $39,886. Mayor Dean Fortin earned $99,714. Expenses for the year varied widely, from a low of $32.10 claimed by Coun. Pam Madoff, to a high of $12,157, claimed by Coun. Christopher Coleman.
Top salaried employees at City of Victoria in 2011:
Gail Stephens — mayor, managers: $231,452
Peter Sparanese — mayor, managers: $227,258
Tomasz Zworski — mayor, manager: $196,605
Robert Woodland — legislative and regulatory services: $180,400
Deborah Day — planning and development: $178,333
Kathryn Friars — parks, recreation and culture: $176,332
Wael Fanous — mayor, managers: $175,682
Brenda Warner — finance: $171,464
Jocelyn Jenkyns — conference centre: $169,149
Dwayne Kalynchuk — engineering and public works: $168,591
Mark Cline — fire: $168,357
Kevin Greig — mayor, managers: $166,713
Trina Harrison — human resources: $165,690
Doug Angrove — fire: $150,921
Michael Lai — engineering and public works: $150,056