-SPN, based on files from the Statement of Financial Information, 2006 – 2016
Sooke has publicly posted remuneration available for the District, so in the spirit of Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report, SPN decided to do a 10-year review of local remuneration.
Our findings, in a nutshell, is that our elected officials are paid more or less the same over the past decade, and the CAO remuneration has fluctuated tremendously.
The Mayor, who is the CEO of the District, has had a 10-year remuneration hovering at around $20,000.
The current mayor, Mayor Maja Tait, has the third lowest remuneration rate ($18,756.96 in 2016) over the past ten years.
The highest earning on record was that by Mayor Janet Evans, who received a grand total of $20,769.21 in 2009.
Expenses have been excluded from these amounts, as they fluctuate from person to person.
Councillors’ remuneration increased from about $8,500 in 2006 to about $10,000 in 2009, and their remuneration has more or less stayed the same.
In contrast to the elected officials, the CAO remuneration has fluctuated dramatically over the past decade, starting at $103,000 and topping the scale in 2012 at $177,000.
Notable in the CAO list is Evan Parliament (pink), whose first year remuneration was $106,000, and saw a 67% pay increase over his six years of service. Also notable is the current CAO, who is receiving the highest starting CAO salary in the history of Sooke’s incorporation.