The City of Fort St. John spent nearly $21 million on public servant salaries and expenses in 2019, according to its latest statement of financial information.
The annual statement, released June 18, lists all city employees earning over $75,000. Last year, 117 employees made that list for a total of $13.07 million in salaries.
City Manager Dianne Hunter was again the city's top earner, with a salary of $241,223.07 and expenses of $7,235.86. The city has begun a search for her eventual replacement.
Council salaries totalled $308,357.80 for the year, while the city paid out $102,579 in expenses.
Mayor Lori Ackerman was paid $90,992.10 in salary, while claiming $33,468.04 in expenses. The lowest paid councillor was Trevor Bolin at $35,448.27, who claimed just $2,489.70 in expenses.
The city said there was one severance agreement for a non-unionized employee last year, for nine months of salary and benefits. The amount and employee was not reported.
Overall, the city spent $20.9 million on staff and council salaries last year, including those who made less than $75,000, and $382,063.07 on expenses. The city says the spending amounted to 25% of its $86.4 million in expenditures for last year.
Meanwhile, the city paid out another $81,258,684.51 for goods and services last year, including $46,902.22 to Alaska Highway News for legal and public notice advertising.
Top 5 Earners
• Dianne Hunter, city manager
• Fred Burrows, fire chief
• Moira Green, general manager, community services
• Robin Langille, director, facilities and grounds
• Daniel Simpson, deputy fire chief
• Lori Ackerman, mayor
• Trevor Bolin, councillor
• Becky Grimsrud, councillor
• Lilia Hansen, councillor
• Gord Klassen, councillor
• Byron Stewart, councillor
• Tony Zabinsky, councillor
Council will vote to approve the statement at their next meeting on June 22.
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