RDN’s top administrator leads list of high earners

NANAIMO – Salaries for 19 Regional District of Nanaimo staff members eclipsed the $100,000 mark in 2014.

The earnings of 19 Regional District of Nanaimo staff members eclipsed the $100,000 mark during the 2014 fiscal year.

According to the regional district’s statement of financial information for the year ended Dec. 31, Paul Thorkelsson, chief administrative officer, once again topped the list, earning $210,887.

Rounding out the top-five earners were Tom Osborne, general manager of recreation and park services, who took home $155,437; Dennis Trudeau, general manager of transit and solid waste services with $154,400; Randy Alexander, general manager of regional and community utilities with $152,684; and Geoffrey Garbutt, general manager of strategic and community developments with  $150,577.

Gerald St. Pierre, project engineer, had the most expenses with about $13,961, while Thorkelsson had second highest, with about $11,977.

In comparison, Sukh Gill, chief administrative officer of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with a population relatively comparable to Nanaimo, earned about $212,964 in 2014 and rang up about $15,543 in expenses.

In terms of Regional District of Nanaimo directors, Joe Stanhope, Area G director and board chairman, had the highest remuneration with about $40,283, followed by Alec McPherson, Area A director, who was remunerated to the tune of approximately $26,267 and Howard Houle, Area B director with $24,376.

Stanhope, McPherson and Houle had about $13,448, $10,809 and $9,773 in 2014 expenses respectively.

Total remuneration paid out to directors, including alternates, in 2014 came to about $306,471, while director total expenses were approximately $62,492.

The total Regional District of Nanaimo earnings paid out in 2014 was about $22,336,237.

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