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547 staff at Coquitlam city hall made more than $75K last year: SOFI

Coquitlam city manager Peter Steblin topped the civic salary list at $356,991 last year.
Peter Steblin
Peter Steblin is the city manager for Coquitlam. In 2021, he earned $356,991, according to the SOFI report that was released today (June 13, 2022).

Coquitlam’s annual financial report came out this week, showing 547 civic employees made more than $75,000 a year during the pandemic of 2021.

According to the Statement of Financial Information (SOFI), which was released at Monday’s council-in-committee without comment from politicians or staff, the document details the salaries and expenses of the top-earning civic employees last year, as well as council’s.

Wages, salaries and benefits make up 43 per cent of the city’s expenditures.

In total, council cost taxpayers $739,982 in remuneration last year plus $64,662 in charges, with Mayor Richard Stewart reaping the highest amount in wages ($183,365) and bills ($13,074).

Councillors also took in $73,097 each last year, with Coun. Dennis Marsden claiming the most in expenses ($7,544).

Coun. Bonita Zarrillo, who resigned last October after winning the federal seat in Port Moody–Coquitlam, received $44,938 in wages and charged $4,074.

Here’s a list of the Top 20 highest-paid employees last year:

  • Peter Steblin, city manager: $356,991
  • Raul Allueva, deputy city manager: $288,189
  • Michelle Hunt, GM of finance, lands and police: $262,232
  • Jaime Born, GM of engineering and public works: $236,784
  • Don Luymes, GM of planning and development: $234,871
  • Nicole Caulfield, GM of corporate services: $233,352
  • Jim Ogloff, fire chief: $217,886
  • Renzo Del Negro, director of human resources: $215,006
  • Stephanie James, director of legal and bylaw enforcement: $213,072
  • Lanny Englund, GM of parks, recreation, culture and facilities: $209,789
  • Shawn Davidson, deputy fire chief (operations support): $189,544
  • Bradley Lofgren, director of public works: $188,286
  • Jonathan Helmus, director of utilities: $187,764
  • Jay Gilbert, director of intergov’t relations and legislative services: $184,770
  • Gary Mulligan, assistant fire chief: $182,236
  • Stuart Aspinall, assistant fire chief: $179,223
  • Mark Zaborniak, manager of design and construction: $178,794
  • Kathleen Reinheim, manager of parks: $178,695
  • Andrew Merrill, director of development services: $178,412
  • Kathleen Vincent, manager of communications and civic engagement: $178,366

The SOFI also lists the city’s goods and services suppliers last year that received payments of $25,000 or more, as well as a list of nonprofits that took in grants of $25,000 or more.