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Winnipeg CAO tops city 2018 pay list

The City of Winnipeg's 10 highest-paid employees all topped the $200,000 mark in 2018.

Last year, chief administrative officer Doug McNeil led the way at $266,483, according to the city's annual compensation disclosure, released Thursday. (McNeil resigned in April 2019, so any severance won’t be reflected until next year’s public report.)

Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman is 13th on the list of highest-paid city officials with an annual income of $188,741.

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Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman is 13th on the list of highest-paid city officials with an annual income of $188,741.

Rounding out the top 10 were Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth, chief transportation officer Dave Wardrop, chief innovation officer Michael Legary (who resigned in April 2019), chief financial officer Mike Ruta (now interim CAO), chief corporate services officer Michael Jack, and four deputy police chiefs.

Top 10 in 2018

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City of Winnipeg chief administrative officer Doug McNeil — $266,483

Police Chief Danny Smyth — $260,510

Chief transportation and utilities officer Dave Wardrop — $222,844

Chief innovation officer Michael Legary — $216,659

Chief financial officer Michael Ruta — $208,802

Chief corporate services officer Michael Jack — $207,412

Deputy chief of police (unnamed) — $207,412

Deputy chief of police (unnamed) — $206,389

Deputy chief of police (unnamed) — $206,381

Deputy chief of police (unnamed) — $204,854

Two police constables — WPS members aren’t named in the disclosure — earned $199,540 and $192,876, respectively — just falling short of the top 10.

Mayor Brian Bowman placed 13th on the list ($188,741).

Of the 1,274 WPS staff who made more than $100,000 in 2018, 591 held the rank of constable.

As in previous years, a number of Winnipeg Transit employees crossed the $100,000 line due to overtime.

In 2018, mechanic Romeo Wilson took home $151,059 — outpacing the pay of all of his bosses, save Transit director Greg Ewankiw ($170,678).

In total, 11 Transit mechanics and body-repair specialists took home more than $100,000 last year, as did a Transit painter, an upholsterer and two wiremen (electricians).

tvanderhart@freepress.mb.ca

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