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Top level staff at Chilliwack city hall raking it in

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Ninety-four employees of the City of Chilliwack were paid more than $75,000 last year and of those, 36 made more than $100,000.

Chief administrative officer (CAO) Peter Monteith topped the list with his salary of $235,146 in 2013, an increase of just under one per cent over his 2012 pay.

Monteith also logged $4,404 in expenses last year. This includes a vehicle allowance.

Second on the list of highly paid staffers was deputy CAO Chris Crosman who earned $187,793 in 2013 and billed for $4,950 in expenses. That’s an 8.5 per cent increase over his 2012 pay.

Third was director of corporate services Robert Carnegie who made $177,974 plus $827 in expenses in 2013. His salary increased by 4.8 per cent.

The information comes from the annual remuneration report all municipalities are required to file by June 30 of each year.

While other municipal governments present the remuneration report to city council—both the City of Abbotsford and the City of Langley did so at meetings in May—Chilliwack does not.

The city is required, however, to make the information available to the public, but it has to be requested.

The number of staff members who were paid more than $75,000 in Chiliwack did not increase over 2012, when there were also 94.

Those paid more than $100,000 a year at city hall increased from 34 in 2012 to 36 last year.

Of the 94 most highly paid employees, approximately one-third are firefighters.

Chilliwack RCMP salaries are not included in the remuneration report.

To compare the Chilliwack CAO’s $235,146 salary to others, City of Langley (population 25,000) CAO Francis Cheung was paid $199,000 in 2013, and Abbotsford (population 150,000) city manager George Murray was paid a salary of $230,000.

Abbotsford had 114 employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2013.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz’s salary of $87,000 puts her in the middle of the pack on the list of 94 top paid employees.

Chilliwack’s six part-time city councillors earn $31,119 in 2013.

Total remuneration and expenses for the 94 employees who earned more than $75,000 2013 was $9.6 million.

Total remuneration and expenses for the other 381 employees who earned less than $75,000 2013 was $12.5 million.

The total paid to all 475 employees and seven city council members in 2013 was just under $22.8 million.

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