City releases 2020 staff salaries

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The City of Fort St. John spent just over $20.3 million on staff salaries and expenses in…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The City of Fort St. John spent just over $20.3 million on staff salaries and expenses in 2020.

The annual statement of financial information was released on May 6th, showing the salaries of staff making over $75,000 a year.

The highest-paid elected official was Mayor Lori Ackerman, earning $94,061.76 with $9,574.54 in expenses. In 2019, Ackerman had a remuneration of $90,992.10 and $33,468.04 in total expenses.

Trevor Bolin was the lowest-paid councillor at $35,514.29.

Overall, recently retired City Manager Dianne Hunter earned the most out of all employees at $352,678, up from $241,223.07 in 2019.

In the report, it’s mentioned that Hunter’s compensation includes “vacation entitlement not taken but accrued over 13 years and paid out in 2020.”

“Further employment compensation obligations with this former employee, post-retirement, will continue through to 2022,” the report continues.

In total, the city doled out $20.19 million on salaries and $136,541.37 on expenses. In 2019, the city paid $20.6 million in remuneration and reimbursed $382,063.07 in expenses.

Over $71 million was spent on goods and services in 2020.

The full financial statement can be viewed here.

The report will be presented to council on May 10th.

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