Of the 67 City of Brandon employees who brought home six figures last year, 45 work in the police department.
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.