City Remunerations to Be Reviewed

Salmon Arm city council has triggered a contracting-out process for reviewing remuneration for the politicos as well as senior management.

See the Observer article City wages up for review (Labere : March 2502014) for the full read.

Mayor Nancy Cooper says what the city, and council is looking for is a professional, independent review. She notes there hasn’t been a pay raise for the mayor or councillors since 2003.

“None of this is binding, we’re just going to have a look at it and then they’ll decide,” said Cooper. “It’s the same for senior staff – we’re seeing a number of staff are being recruited to other municipalities for wages that are quite a bit higher than what we’re paying here.”

The  full Salmon Arm RFP is just below.

As a sidebar, last month the CSRD directed its own staff to look at other comparatives and  the inequities of the elected municipal directors receiving the  same remuneration as electoral area directors. See Directors ponder paycheques (Observer: Hughes: Feb 26 2014).

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors are wading into the political minefield that involves their own wallets.

The board has unanimously agreed to review the current remuneration bylaw, including the method of payment to the elected directors.

Rhona Martin, Area E (Rural Sicamous) director, said there was significant discussion at the committee level about the issue and how remuneration rates compare with other regional districts.

Salmon Arm’s listed comparator jurisdictions are:

  • City of Courtenay
  • City of Cranbrook
  • Columbia Shuswap Regional District
  • Township of Esquimalt
  • City of Ft. St. John
  • North Okanagan Regional District
  • City of Langford
  • City of Langley
  • City of Port Alberni
  • City of Powell River
  • District of Squamish
  • City of White Rock


While I have heard a wee bit of cynicism out there, imo it’s likely time for  a review – one that’s not overly expensive in itself.

Your remunerative thoughts?

Author: Tim Lavery

Aim High Salmon Arm It matters

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