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City payroll bill up $1 million in 2019 over 2018

The city had four more employees on its payroll in 2019, compared to 2018, according to the 2019 Statement of Financial Information released this week.

The city had 1014 employees in 2019, which includes full- and part-time staff and the Prince George Public Library. That compares to 1010 in 2018.

The city’s total payroll bill in 2019 was just under $60.9 million, up from the $59.9 million in 2018. In 2019, the city had 344 employees making more than $75,000 and wages for those 344 workers totalled 35.9 million. It had 670 employees making less than $75,000 and the total cost for those employees was $25 million.

In 2018, the city paid $34.3 million to 327 employees making more than $75,000 and $25.5 million to 683 employees making less than $75,000.

City manager Kathleen Soltis was the highest paid employee, receiving $265,725 in wages and a vacation payout of $12,037 for total remuneration of $277,763. That compares to 2018 when she received a wage of $256,930, a vacation payout of $6,276 for total remuneration of $263,207.

Other senior staff wages in 2019 included:

Ian Wells, manager of planning and development – $198,418; plus $11,305 vacation payout for total remuneration of $209,723.

Walter Babicz, general manager administrative services – $197,144; plus $9,066 vacation payout for total remuneration of $206,211.

Dave Dyer, general manager of infrastructure services and public works – $$201,635; plus $1,521 vacation payout for total remuneration of $203,157.

Gina Layte Liston, director of public works – $188,922; plus $4,735 vacation payout for total remuneration of $193,658.

Rob Van Adrichem, director of external relations – $182,657; plus $1,374 vacation payout for total remuneration of $184,032.

Kris Dalio, director of finance – $182,207; plus vacation payout of $1,285 for total remuneration of $182,492.

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