When I heard the compensation packages for the City of Fort St. John I was shocked. I wondered, am I out of touch with reality or are wages in the nosebleed section?
I decided to compare their compensation to another similar city in B.C. The only one I found which is very comparable in size and population was Cranbrook. They are also a bit isolated, having limited air service and being several hours away from major shopping centers.
Here are the results of the comparisons:
- Cranbrook's Mayor earns $65,000, expenses $6,000. FSJ Mayor earns $91,000, expenses $33,500.
- Councillors earn $24,000, with average expenses of $3,700; FSJ councillors earn $38,000, with average expenses $11,500.
- City Manager earns $164,000, expenses $3,400. FSJ City manager earns $240,000, expenses $7,800.
- Fire Chief earns $115,000, expenses $2,034; FSJ Fire Chief earns $187,000, expenses $14,600.
- Deputy Chief earns $109,000, expenses zero. FSJ Deputy Chief earns $170,000, expenses $8,465.
- Managers/directors earn $108,000, expenses zero. FSJ managers earn $186,000 with expenses $10,177.
I would guess other benefits are just as generous.
By the way, City of Fort St. John wages are costing residents $1,000 per capita.
Cranbrook has 59 employees over $75,000 — 20% are firemen with much overtime. FSJ has 117 employees over $75,000, many way over.
These figures are from Cranbrook 2019 Financial Statement so we’re comparing apples to apples. I’m sure that the quality of their employees would compare favorably with F.S.J. personnel.
In fact, when you consider the $2 million that council blew on the old Condill property, it makes one wonder: where are they getting their advice?
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not out of touch with reality but some of the people running the city sure seem to be.
— Roger Brandl, Fort St. John
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