WINNIPEG — Former deputy police chief Menno Zacharias was one of Winnipeg's highest-paid employees last year even though he was only on the job for six weeks.
Zacharias earned $286,753 from the city in a retirement, severance and salary package when he left the Winnipeg Police Service in mid-February 2008, according to a newly released list of city salary and benefit payments.
Zacharias, who spent 34 years as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service, lost out to Keith McCaskill in the competition to succeed Jack Ewatski as Winnipeg's police chief when the high-profile job came open in 2007.
The package paid out to Zacharias made him the second-highest-paid employee among the 11,267 full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal and temporary workers who collected a City of Winnipeg paycheque in 2008.
Under provincial law, the city is required to disclose all wage and benefit payments paid out to any employee who earns $50,000 or more in a given year. In 2008, 4,453 workers, including Mayor Sam Katz and all 15 city councillors, made the list.
Retiring employees traditionally top the annual list, which saw the city pay more than $700,0000 in combined benefits and salaries to Ewatski and former chief administrative officer Annitta Stenning in 2007.
This year, the highest payout went to Mark Purdy, a Winnipeg Transit operations superintendent, who earned a $292,475 severance package. Former internal services director Luella Lee left the city with $198,590 in compensation, former city solicitor Ursula Goeres received a $174,158 goodbye cheque and Stenning received another $50,000 in 2008, on top of the $343,500 she earned when she left the city in September 2007.
The highest city salaries to non-retiring staff are earned by senior administrators, not politicians. Department heads earned anywhere from $119,000 to $155,000 in 2008, while Mayor Sam Katz took home $114,053 and the salary range for city councillors was $60,153 to $75,866. Politicians, however, receive a third of their salaries tax-free.
The top non-retiring wage-earner in Winnipeg last year was chief administrative officer Glen Laubenstein, who earned $158,796 for nine months' work after he started with the city in April 2008. His annual salary is approximately $212,000.
Deputy CAO Phil Sheegl, who also started in April, took home $111,908, though his annual salary is approximately $180,000. Fellow deputy CAOs Mike Ruta and Alex Robinson earned $153,890 and $150,914, respectively.
The complete list of payments is online at www.winnipeg.ca/2008compensation
IN 2008, the City of Winnipeg employed anywhere from 8,440 to 9,835 full-time, part-time, casual, temporary and seasonal employees. The city issued a total of 11,267 T-4 slips at the end of the year. Of those employees, 4,435 earned $50,000 or more -- the threshold for public disclosure under provincial law. Here are salaries for selected city employees:
Mayor Sam Katz: $114,053
City councillors: $60,153 to $75,866, depending on duties
* Politicians' salaries include a 33 per cent tax-free component
Glen Laubenstein, chief administrative officer: $158,796*
Phil Sheegl, deputy CAO: $111,908**
Mike Ruta, chief financial officer/deputy CAO: $153,890
Alex Robinson, deputy CAO: $150,914
* Hired in April 2008. Annual salary approximately $212,000
** Hired in April 2008. Annual salary approximately: $180,000
Barry MacBride, water and waste director: $155,231
Bill Larkin, public works director: $151,956*
Keith McCaskill, police chief: $148,325
Richard Kachur, city clerk: $143,929
Jim Brennan, fire paramedic chief: $137,347
Clive Wightman, community services director: $136,956
Nelson Karpa, city assessor: $136,493
Shannon Hunt, city auditor: $134,128*
Dave Wardrop, Winnipeg Transit director: $128,931
Joanne Ferrier, city treasurer: $127,489
Sherwood Armbruster, chief of mayoral staff: $125,197
Deepak Joshi, planning, property, development manager: $122,028
Linda Black, corporate support services director: $118,948
* Since retired
Pam Sveinson, communications manager: $100,093
Gordon Glover, zoo director: $100,000
Kenny Boyce, film and special events manager: $93,711
Randy Hull, emergency preparedness co-ordinator: $93,611
Taz Stuart, city entomologist: $90,889
Const. Jacqui Chaput, police spokeswoman: $83,095
Ken Allen, city spokesman: $77,807
Brad Salyn, mayor's communications director: $76,843
Const. Jason Michalyshen, police spokesman: $75,708
Mark Purdy, former operations superintendent for Winnipeg Transit: $292,474
Menno Zacharias, former deputy police chief: $286,753
Luella Lee, former internal services director: $198,590
Ursula Goeres, former city solicitor: $174,158
Annitta Stenning, former chief administrative officer: $50,000*
* Stenning's 2008 payout is on top of the $343,500 severance/salary package she received in 2007, when she left the city
-- Source: 2008 City of Winnipeg Compensation Disclosure