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This file photo may show Brandon City Hall covered in a blanket of snow, but there's no freeze on salaries.
Of the 67 City of Brandon employees who brought home six figures last year, 45 work in the police department.
Top earner: City manager Scott Hildebrand took home nearly $200,000 in earnings last year. (FILE)
Top cop: Chief Ian Grant was No. 2 on the city's earning list in 2013, with a total compensation of more than $155,000. Some two-thirds of the names making more than $100,000 were police officers. (FILE)
The city’s annual compensation disclosure report, which lists all employees who made $50,000 or more, was released this week — a requirement under Manitoba’s Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act.
The top earner across the organization is city manager Scott Hildebrand ($193,952), followed by police Chief Ian Grant ($155,445).
Police inspectors Shane Corley and Douglas Thompson were near the top of the list with $137,619 and $129,657, respectively, as well as fire Chief Brent Dane ($135,847).
Ten more people were in the six-figure club in 2013, compared to 2012.
The 370 employees on the list made a combined $28.3 million — up $1 million compared to 2012.
Val Rochelle, the city’s director of finance, said the million-dollar increase would be due to changes within collective agreements and overtime.
"Without a detailed analysis, I couldn’t say that it’s specifically one thing or another, but obviously there’s going to be collective agreement, across the board salary increases, step increases within ranks and overtime," she said.
The figures listed by the city include salaries and all taxable benefits, which are included within the collective agreement.
"It includes overtime, retirement, severance ... vacation payouts, vehicle allowances, anything that is a benefit," Rochelle said.
Also on the six-figure list are deputy fire chiefs Steven Romanik ($120,432), Garry Bell ($120,217) as well as fire captain Kevin Groff ($103,358).
Deputy city clerk Joni Swidnicki was in the No. 3 spot with $140,849. Swidnicki was on secondment with the City of Regina in 2013.
"Although she maintained her status as a city employee, her salaries and benefits were 100 per cent recovered from the City of Regina," Rochelle said.
City department heads were also in the six-figure category, including general manager of development services Ted Snure; general manager of operations Rod Sage; city treasurer Dean Hammond; city clerk Con Arvisais; human resources director Vicki Fifi; and director of economic development Sandy Trudel.
That list also includes Rochelle as well as Patrick Pulak, director of engineering; Tim Sanderson, director of transportation services; Ian Broome, director of public works; Perry Roque, director of community services; and Louisa Garbo, director of planning and building safety.
A total of 370 city employees made more than $50,000, compared to 359 in 2012. In 2011, 347 city employees made $50,000 or more, up from 297 in 2010.
The 31 employees in the $90,000 to $100,000 range are for the most part firefighters or police officers. The city’s managers of transit, water treatment and building safety are also in that category.
Mayor Shari Decter Hirst earned $75,133, while city councillors earned in the range of $18,000-$19,000. Former councillor Garth Rice earned roughly $22,000. Jim McCrae resigned in 2013, so he earned $6,000, while newly elected Coun. John LoRegio (Meadows) earned $9,600.
Bus drivers, bylaw enforcement officers, building inspectors, community planners, director of communications and human resource officers are just a few examples of others listed in the compensation disclosure report.
The full report can be viewed on the city’s website at brandon.ca.
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Who earned more than $100K in 2013?
- Scott Hildebrand, city manager — $193,952.66
- Ian Grant, police chief — $155,445.04
- Joni Swidnicki, deputy city clerk — $140,849.76
- Shane Corley, police inspector — $137,619.22
- Brent Dane, fire chief — $135,847.94
- Ted Snure, general manager of development services — $135,389.28
- Douglas Thompson, police inspector — $129,657.10
- Rod Sage, general manager of operations — $127,239.49
- Dean Hammond, city treasurer — $124,420.93
- Earl McNutt, police sergeant — $121,407.37
- Con Arvisais, city clerk — $120,851.16
- Steven Romanik, deputy fire chief — $120,432.68
- Garry Bell, deputy fire chief — $120,217.99
- Vicki Fifi, director of human resources — $118,835.67
- Rick Semler, police staff sergeant — $118,599.17
- Gay Jones, police staff sergeant — $117,839.11
- Sandy Trudel, director of economic development — $117,638.74
- Patrick Pulak, deputy director of engineering and water resources — $117,113.58
- Tim Sanderson, director of transportation services — $117,075.72
- Edward Conway, police sergeant — $116,915.16
- Dallas Lockhart, police sergeant — $115,170.84
- Ian Broome, director of public works — $114,906.55
- Wayne Balcaen, police staff sergeant — $113,827.64
- Randy Lewis, police staff sergeant — $113,481.20
- Larry Yanick, police staff sergeant — $113,430.03
- Marc Alain, police staff sergeant — $113,161.23
- Val Rochelle, director of finance — $113,031.40
- David Andrew, police sergeant — $112,978.39
- Rod Koscielny, police staff sergeant — $112,636.17
- Ian Christiansen, director of engineering and water resources — $112,405.43
- Perry Roque, director of community services — $112,295.67
- Todd Burton, Director of Information Technology — $112,211.32
- Michael Melanson, police sergeant — $112,052.26
- Michael Pelechaty, police sergeant — $111,152.52
- Linda Poole, deputy director of human resources — $110,555.88
- Bruce Ewanyshyn, police specialist — $109,779.55
- Louisa Garbo, director of planning and building safety — $109,770.20
- Marc Savy, police constable — $109,658.66
- Curtis Calcut, police specialist — $108,756.78
- Michael Kulchyski, police specialist — $108,191.61
- Guy Roberts, police sergeant — $108,130.54
- Gregory Hebert, police sergeant — $106,879.43
- Ryan Friesen, police specialist — $106,715.84
- Brian Kayes, director of risk & emergency management — $106,660.48
- Jeffrey Law, police constable — $105,986.25
- Bruce Klassen, police sergeant — $105,925.45
- Ronald Brossart, police constable — $105,853.63
- Ross Robinson, director of emergency communications — $105,117.13
- Jay Palmer, police specialist — $104,640.13
- Kevin Loewen, police sergeant — $104,585.60
- Shane Stephenson, police constable — $104,309.30
- Bruce Verhelst, police specialist — $104,300.70
- Michael Tosh, police sergeant — $104,102.93
- Christopher James, police constable — $104,043.90
- Erin Mahoney, police specialist — $103,805.89
- William Brown, police sergeant — $103,780.27
- Trent Karvonen, police constable — $103,499.73
- Brian Partridge, police sergeant — $103,407.87
- Kevin Groff, fire captain — $103,358.43
- Gregory Anderson, police constable — $103,204.25
- Gary Praznik, police constable — $102,694.81
- Jason Medwechuk, police constable — $102,544.34
- Kevin McLean, police constable — $101,827.37
- Grant McKay, police constable — $101,664.78
- Erl Preston, police specialist — $101,490.28
- Michael Baranyk, police constable — $101,010.53
- Robert Gale, police specialist — $100,764.92
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 25, 2014