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Firefighters take largest cut of taxpayer-fueled salaries

The top figure belongs to Penticton chief administrative officer Annette Antoniak. Every year municipalities must disclose city staff salaries of $75,000.
June 24, 2013 - 8:55 AM

PENTICTON — Nearly half of the city's top earners work for Penticton Fire and Rescue.

Out of the 71 city employees making $75,000 or more, 32 or 45 per cent work for the fire department. Overall only nine or 12 per cent of city employees making $75,000 are women.

The figures were made available Thursday as part of the city's annual statement of financial information (SOFI). Municipalities and regional governments are obliged to report salaries of employees earning $75,000 or more, remunerations paid to elected officials, purchases from suppliers worth $25,000 or more, a total of suppliers paid $25,000 or less and grants worth $25,000 or more. In total $96.6 million was spent in 2012 compared to $86.3 million in 2011.

The City of Penticton spent $19.2 million on wages and benefits last year between municipal staff and elected officials. This is roughly a 10 per cent increase from the $17.4 million it spent in 2011 but then the city only had 59 employees making the SOFI list. Only nine female employees earned $75K in 2011.

Chief administrative officer Annette Antoniak maintained her top position with $166,917 in 2012, an increase of about $6,000 from her 2011 salary of $160,664.

Fire chief Wayne Williams saw his pay go from $113,526 in 2011 to $116,644 in 2012 an increase of just over $3,000. Deputy fire chief David Spalding's pay rose from $104,532 in 2011 to $105,043 in 2012.

City councilors earned about $20,000 each in 2012 with the exception of former mayor Dan Ashton who pulled in $59,851.

In 2012, the city paid about $12 million more in 2012 for purchasing than 2011. The list of aggregate purchases over $25,000 ranged from million-dollar transit contracts to thousand-dollar consulting bills. Fortis BC takes the lion's share of the city's money with $24 million in 2012.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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