Including benefits and expenses, Coquitlam’s mayor and council earned a total of $877,302 last year, according to the city’s recently released statement of financial information.
Mayor Richard Stewart was the top earner with $199,037. Stewart also ended the year with $19,706 in expenses.
Re-elected councillors including Brent Asmundson, Craig Hodge, Steve Kim, Trish Mandewo, Dennis Marsden and Teri Towner were each paid $80,591 last year.
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Kim, Mandewo, Marsden and Towner each listed approximately $13,000 in expenses. Asmundson recorded $8,310 in expenses and Hodge ended the year with $9,807 in expenses.
Newly-elected councillors Matt Djonlic and Robert Mazzarolo were each paid $12,350. Djonlic and Mazzarolo recorded $947 and $842 in expenses, respectively.
Coun. Chris Wilson, who did not run for re-election, was paid $68,562 in 2022. Wilson listed $5,869 in expenses.
In total, 60 Coquitlam employees took home $150,000 or more in 2022.
The biggest earner was now-retired city manager Peter Steblin, who earned $376,838.
As deputy city manager, Raul Allueva earned $303,249 last year.
The city’s general manager of finance, lands and police Michelle Hunt was paid $276,750 in 2022.
Jamie Boan, Coquitlam’s general manager of engineering and public works took home $253,216.
General manager of planning and development, Donald Luymes, was paid $247,455.
The city’s general manager of corporate services, Nicole Caulfield, earned $245,598 in 2022.
The city employed the equivalent of 1,103 full-time workers, 34 more employees than in 2021.
The biggest share of city expenses – 26 percent – goes toward police, fire and other protection. Another 25 percent goes to water, sewer and solid waste, with 23 percent for parks, recreation and cultural facilities.
The city spends 10 percent of its money on general government, 12 percent on engineering and public works and four percent on planning and development.
The city spent $123,527,000 million on wages, salaries and benefits in 2022, with another $48,640,000 spent on contracted services.