Highest-paid city worker in 2020, city manager Jim Puffalt, report says
All salaries, expenses and grants over $ 50,000 were contained in the 2020 Public Accounts report that the board received at its recent meeting
City manager Jim Puffalt was the highest-paid city employee last year, according to the 2020 Public Accounts report, making nearly $ 34,000 more than the next employee.
Puffalt earned $ 205,731.26 in regular compensation and $ 6,000 in other compensation for total take home pay of $ 211,731.26. The next highest paid employee was City Comptroller Sandra Campbell, who earned $ 171,793.88 in compensation.
The Public Accounts Report lists all of the compensation, contracts and grants over $ 50,000 that the Town of Moose Jaw has distributed. At the regular meeting on June 28, council voted unanimously to receive and file the report and post it on the city’s website.
Highest Paid Staff
After Campbell, other well-paid municipal workers were:
- City clerk / lawyer Myron Gulka-Tiechko: $ 146,743.76
- CFO Bryan Acker: $ 146,237.88 in regular salary and $ 2,473.31 in other compensation
- Director of Human Resources Albert Bromley: $ 142,792.93
- Director of Parks and Recreation Derek Blais: $ 138,951.19
- Darrin Stephanson, director of public works and public services: $ 136,874.62 in regular salary and $ 869.12 in other salary
- Chief Information Officer Wade McKay: $ 125,658.50
- Director of Engineering Services Bevan Harlton: $ 125,256.60
- Director of Planning and Development Michelle Sanson: $ 123,655.78 in regular salary and $ 3,476.70 in other salary
- Municipal Treasurer Brenda Hendrickson: $ 120,719.26 in regular salary and $ 2,052.94 in other salary
- Information Services Manager Ryan Nelson: $ 113,991.07
- Economic Development Manager Jim Dixon: $ 110,947.13
- Assistant City Treasurer William Fraser: $ 104,543.37
- GIS Supervisor Bret Rowlinson: $ 100,410.02 in regular salary and $ 217.76 in other salary
In 2020, the City of Moose Jaw provided a grant of $ 56,805.50 to the Moose Jaw and District Seniors Association.
A total of $ 254,200.44 was paid in compensation to City Council in 2020, while members claimed $ 3,023.13 in expenses.
The public accounts report showed:
- Com. Doug Blanc received $ 4,165.37 in regular salary
- Com. Heather Eby received $ 27,774.17 in regular salary and claimed $ 30 in expenses
- Com. Crystal Froese received $ 27,924.54 in regular salary and claimed $ 1,632.55 in expenses
- Com. Jamey Logan received $ 4,796.75 in regular salary
- Com. Dawn Luhning received $ 27,789.69 in regular salary
- Retirement Council Scott McMann received $ 23,759.17 in regular salary and claimed $ 649.99 in expenses
- Com. Kim Robinson received $ 4,165.37 in regular salary
- Retired Council Brian Swanson received $ 22,466.95 in regular salary
- Retired Council Chris Warren received $ 23,519.26 in regular salary
- Mayor Fraser Tolmie received $ 87,939.19 in regular salary and claimed $ 710.59 in expenses
The Town of Moose Jaw awarded $ 51,133,857.08 in contracts to businesses and contractors last year. The lowest expense was $ 50,165.75 for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the highest expense was $ 5,140,534.36 for NIS Contractors Ltd.
The top 10 contract expenses last year were:
- NIS Contractors Ltd. : $ 5.1 million
- KMS Construction Ltd. : $ 4.54 million
- Westridge Construction Ltd. : $ 4.50 million
- SaskPower: $ 3.2 million
- Cypress Paving Ltd. : $ 3.19 million
- Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant: $ 3.15 million
- City of Regina: $ 1.372 million
- Spectra Site Management Services: $ 1.370 million
- Superior Truck Equipment Inc. : $ 1.2 million
- Pro Tec Electric Ltd. : $ 1.02 million
There were also expenses for First Response Legal of $ 172,793.70 and MLT Aikens LLP of $ 115,493.07, which caught Eby’s attention. She wonders if the town hall is spending less on external legal expertise because of the changes made to the legal department.
“I’m going to have to do some research on this. I don’t know, ”replied Gulka-Tiechko. “These are global payments over the year, so I don’t know what they are.”
It would be nice to have that information since the board uses this data to make decisions, Eby said.
The next regular council meeting is Monday July 12th.