A review of City of Sault Ste. Marie employees on the Sunshine List shows 95 names.
Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm White is the highest paid city employee, receiving $208,756.64.
The rest of the top 5 are:
2. Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Tom Vair – $189,797.65
3. Fire Chief Peter Johnson – $178,009.48
4. Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer Shelley Schell – $171,691.08
Fifth place was shared with a difference of only five cents in pay. Don Elliot the Director of Engineering Services made $155,190.70 while Director of Public Works Susan Hamilton-Beach brought in $155,190.65.
Sault Fire Services has 55 of the 95 on the Sunshine List for the City of Sault Ste Marie. Those employees range from training officers to firefighter second class.
The list doesn’t tell the whole story…
Tom Vair has held the same position in the city for the past three years according to the list. He saw his pay from last year to this year jump over 9.5%, from $174,274 to the rate above.
Shelley Schell, saw a raise of over 5.5 percent from $160,212 in 2019.
Don Elliott and Susan Hamilton Beach, the latter is responsible for the PDC report, saw almost identical increases coming in a bit over 5.5% from $147,027.
Just over a 5.5 percent increase in pay seems to be the average across the board for city hall staff.
In comparison, the inflation rate was 1.95% in 2019.
These raises were given at a time where city hall continued to say we need to focus on core services and be responsible for taxpayer money.
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