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Salaries continue to grow at Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

The RDOS released their Statement of Financial Information earnings report this week.

More Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen employees had fatter wallets this year as 34 staffers made the annual top salary list.

The regional district releases the salary information annually for those who make more than $75,000 a year in an effort to promote pay transparency. The latest Statement of Financial Information report for 2020 lists four more employees with the regional district making more than $75,000 last year, compared to 2019.

Of those, 11 are making $100,000 or more, including chief administrative officer Bill Newell at $170,755, manager of community services Mark Woods at $134,824 and manager of emergency services Sean Vaisler at $122,587.

Eight employees made more than six figures in 2019, and only three topped $100,000 annually in 2016.

The regional district paid out a total $8,019,231 in wages along with $68,485 in expenses last year.

Among the regional district’s 19 directors, board chair Karla Kozakevich took home $76,278 in pay and $1,868 in expenses last year.

The board chair and vice-chair positions offer higher remuneration than regular board member positions.

Three directors took home $35,005 apiece, including Cawston director George Bush ($765 in expenses), Kaleden director Subrina Montieth ($632 in expenses) and director Mark Pendergraft ($1,044 in expenses)

Last year’s top-earning director who did not hold a chair or vice-chair position was Mark Pendergraft, who took home $30,611.94.

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