City salaries, expenses near $21 million in 2019

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.

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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

Remuneration: $241,223.07

Expenses: $7,235.86

• Fred Burrows, fire chief

Remuneration: $187,601.09

Expenses: $14,585.90

• Moira Green, general manager, community services

Remuneration: $186,100.25

Expenses: $10,177.79

• Robin Langille, director, facilities and grounds

Remuneration: $176,849.52

Expenses: none

• Daniel Simpson, deputy fire chief

Remuneration: $170,370.93

Expenses: $8,465.28


• Lori Ackerman, mayor
Remuneration: $90,992.10
Expenses: $33,468.04

• Trevor Bolin, councillor
Remuneration: $35,448.27
Expenses: $2,489.70

• Becky Grimsrud, councillor
Remuneration: $35,836.31
Expenses: $4,651.78

• Lilia Hansen, councillor
Remuneration: $36,748.27
Expenses: $19,797.19

• Gord Klassen, councillor
Remuneration: $36,748.27
Expenses: $18,858.11

• Byron Stewart, councillor
Remuneration: $35,848.27
Expenses: $9,531.94

• Tony Zabinsky, councillor
Remuneration: $36,736.31
Expenses: $13,782.24

Council will vote to approve the statement at their next meeting on June 22. 

Read the full report below:

Fort St. John - 2019 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) by AlaskaHighwayNews on Scribd

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at

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