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Despite resignation, former CAO Sheegl tops city's salary list for 2013

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Phil Sheegl exited his post as chief administrative officer in 2013.

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Phil Sheegl exited his post as chief administrative officer in 2013.

Despite resigning in mid-October of 2013, former Winnipeg chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl was once again the city’s highest-compensated person.

Sheegl received $235,334 in salary and benefits (before deductions) in 2013 according to the city’s 2013 compensation disclosure, released today. That number is slightly down from $241,589 in 2012, but enough for him to have earned more than any other employee of the city.

The disclosure lists every city employee that made more than $50,000 in 2013 in salary, overtime, sick pay, benefits, vacation pay and severance pay.

Sheegl resigned on October 17, days before the release of a review critical of several administrative moves surrounding the fire-paramedic station replacement program.

Sheegl wasn’t the only departed employee in 2013 who cracked the top earners’ list.

The city’s former chief of fire and paramedic service Reid Douglas, who the city parted ways with in September of 2013, made around $228,059 in 2013, up from $180,265 in 2012. Part of that amount can be severance pay, though Steve West, manager of corporate communications with the city, said a breakdown of the amounts in the report can’t be made as they would breach contractual arrangements.

Other notable disclosures include departed city entomologist Taz Stuart, who made $72,990 in 2013, down from $100,015 in 2012. Stuart left the city in July of 2013.

Mayor Sam Katz’s compensation was virtually unchanged in 2013. He took home $171,440 in 2013, up from $171,017 in 2012.

Severance pay can also be broken down into two payments at an employee’s request, West said, which means Sheegl, Douglas, or Stuart, if they are entitled to severance pay and haven’t received all of it, may have it show up in the 2014 report, which will be released before Canada Day 2015.

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Updated on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM CDT: Corrects year of report.

2:03 PM: Clarifies compensation is gross income, not net.

4:21 PM: Added information on severance pay

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