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Sheegl tops compensation list despite Oct. exit

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DESPITE resigning in mid-October, former Winnipeg chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl was the city's highest-compensated person in 2013.

Sheegl made about $235,334 in salary and benefits, before deductions, shows the city's 2013 compensation disclosure, released this week.

That number is slightly down from the $241,589 he earned in 2012, but still more than any other city staffer.

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

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

Sheegl's successor, Deepak Joshi, received $202,102 in 2013 as acting CAO. His compensation as chief operating officer in 2012 was $189,601.

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

Reid Douglas, the former chief of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (who left his post in September), earned $228,059, up from $180,265 in 2012. A portion was likely severance pay, although city spokesman Steve West said releasing a breakdown of earnings would breach contractual arrangements.

Severance pay can be separated into two payments at an employee's request, West said. If an employee was entitled to severance pay in 2013 but hasn't received all of it, the remainder might show up in the 2014 report.

That report will be released before Canada Day 2015.

Other notable wage 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 2013.

Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis had a significant bump in his compensation. In 2013, he received $207,311, up from $155,262 in 2012.

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

oliver.sachgau@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 2, 2014 B1

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Updated on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 6:48 AM CDT: adds photo

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