A New Wark Times analysis of senior staff salaries shows that the town of Sackville (pop. 5,331) appears to be getting good value for its tax money and that salaries here are roughly comparable to two other similarly sized towns, Shediac (pop. 6,664) and Woodstock (pop. 5,228).
However, direct comparisons are difficult to make in some cases because job titles and responsibilities sometimes differ in the three municipalities.
Under public disclosure rules, New Brunswick municipalities are not required to make exact salaries public when asked for the information, but only the range in which those salaries fall, although Shediac did release exact figures when asked for them.
As of May 24, 2017, Sackville’s Chief Administrative Officer Phil Handrahan was being paid between $89,096 and $118,795 while his counterpart in Shediac, General Manager Gilles Belleau, was earning $108,035. Woodstock’s CAO Ken Harding was paid between $92,953 and $110,753.
Sackville’s Treasurer Michael Beal was paid between $58,129 and $77,505 while Shediac’s Finance Director Réjean Godin earned $91,910. Woodstock does not have a Treasurer or Finance Director, but its Director of Administrative Services, Ann Marie Voutour, was earning between $67,734 and $80,704.
For a list of Sackville management salaries, click here.
For a list of Shediac management salaries, click here.
For a list of Woodstock salaries, click here.
Mount Allison politics professor Geoff Martin suggested in an e-mail to Warktimes that Sackville has a history of penny pitching when it comes to salaries for middle managers.
Professor Martin, who served as a Sackville town councillor and for a time as deputy mayor from 1998 to 2004, added that Sackville department heads “do not make much more money than the unionized work force that they supervise.”
He also pointed out that Sackville pays its Chief Administrative Officer more generously because the town “has had a long history of difficulty in recruiting and keeping CAOs so that number is higher because they need to be regionally competitive.”
Martin wondered though if, over the years, there’s been an increase in the number of middle managers.
A comparison of the town’s senior management staff from 2004 to 2017 does show an increase of four full-time positions from the eight listed in 2004 to the twelve on the staff list this year.
To compare the staff lists and see the changes, click here.