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Cost of living pay increase for City exempt staff

February 29, 2016 7:42 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City Council approved a 1.5 per cent salary increase, effective July 1, 2016, for exempt staff at tonight’s City Council meeting. This 1.5 per cent increase is a cost of living increase.

The increase affects 150 exempt employees, a group that includes directors, managers, superintendents, supervisors, professionals and specialists.

“The City reviews and adjusts its management salaries on an annual basis to ensure it remains competitive with other comparable municipalities and related organizations. However, today’s economic conditions means tighter budgets for municipalities, and this increase reflects the current economic reality while ensuring we can continue to attract and retain qualified management staff to serve the public well,” said Kristy Svoboda, Human Resources Director.

The City Manager will not receive a 2016 cost of living increase as his salary is set by policy. However, the base salary will be adjusted to align with other comparable cities throughout Western Canada. The City Manager base salary will increase 3.5 per cent, effective November 2015, and 3.5 per cent, effective November 2016.

“With the reality of the weakened economy and the fiscal climate we are in, Council phased in the implementation of the market increase and eliminated the 2.8 per cent cost of living adjustment,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

For more information, please contact:

Kristy Svoboda
Human Resources Director
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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