Sixty-four in city's $100K club

The City of New Westminster’s $100K club actually shrunk by two in 2011, but for the first time there is someone in the $200K club.

A staff report prepared for council to consider on Monday reveals 64 employees made at least $100,000, including expenses, last year compared to 66 in 2010. However, those making at least $75,000 grew to 197 in 2011 from 184 in 2010. Provincial legislation requires all public sector employers to report the salaries of employees receiving at least $75,000 in compensation.

Once again city manager Paul Daminato was the top wage earner with $203,898 in compensation including $2,732 in expenses.

He was followed by fire chief Tim Armstrong who received total compensation of $176,118 that included $10,594 in expenses.

In contrast, parks manager Dean Gibson claimed only $617 in expenses to go along with his salary of $173,643.

They were followed in total compensation by city engineer Jim Lowrie ($168,489) and finance director Gary Holowatiuk ($168,552).

Two others made more than $160,000 while another four received over $140,000 including expenses. Another four took home $130,000-plus, while eight were between $120,000 and $130,000, 23 between $110,000 to $120,000 and 28 between $100,000 to $110,000.

The city’s list of money paid out to suppliers of goods and services includes payments of at least $1 million to six construction companies. The largest was $7.6 million to M2K construction followed by $4.7 million to Wilco Landscape and $3 million to J Cote and Son Excavators. The others were PW Trenchless Construction ($1.5 million), Matcon Construction ($1.4 million) and Pedre Contractors ($1.2 million).

The largest bill paid was to $22.6 million to BC Hydro to supply the city’s electric company with power. Metro Vancouver received $5.3 million for services and another $4.3 million for water.


Top 10

Salary    Expenses    Total

1. Paul Daminato, city manager    $201,166    $2,732    $203,898

2. Tim Armstrong, fire chief    $165,524    $10,594    $176,118

3. Dean Gibson, parks manager    $173,643    $617    $174,259

4. Jim Lowrie, city engineer    $166,387    $5,226    $171,614

5. Gary Holowatiuk, finance director    $164,489    $3,704    $168,552

6. Rod Carle, GM electric utility    $163,211    $1,280    $164,491

7. Lisa Spitale, planning director    $160,887    $2,578    $163,465

8. Rick Page, city clerk    $136,166    $9,206    $145,372

9. Joan Burgess, human resources    $138,481    $5,034    $143,515

10. Celso Manubay, subforeman electrical    $140,903    $390    $141,293


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