Vernon city staff earning more than $75,000 climbs

Mayor concerned about how taxpayers may respond to the situation

Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he is concerned about public perception over staff salaries.

Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky says he is concerned about public perception over staff salaries.

Vernon’s mayor is concerned about the public perception that wages are out of control.

Eighty-two employees earned more than $75,000 a year in 2011, up from 66 in 2010.

“We have to not only provide services, we have to be seen as providing the service in the best manner possible,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

“It’s part of why we are having a core service review.”

The review will look at all city function and determine if there is value for money.

Of the 82 employees earning more than $75,000 a year, 26 were in the fire department, 25 were from operations, 12 were in administration, seven were from the planning department, five were in finance, four were from engineering, one was from recreation and one was at the airport.

The top earner (both salary and expenses) was former chief administrative officer Leon Gous at $176,684.