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New policies for City Council and exempt staff salary adjustments

November 12, 2019 5:20 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

A new approach to reviewing and adjusting City Council and exempt staff salaries is in place after City Council approved a new and revised a previous policy at today’s meeting.

Under the new policy, City Council compensation will now only be reviewed and adjusted at the beginning of each new City Council term. The existing Council will not be reviewing or setting their own compensation. This review will take place in the year leading up to a municipal election by the City Manager, with implementation starting at the beginning of the new term.

The new policy also aims to standardize and make transparent the review and adjustment of exempt staff salaries with annual adjustments now taking place on March 1 of each year. Exempt staff salaries will be adjusted by the lower of either the prior year Alberta CPI (as reported by StatsCan), or based on the lowest settled City of Red Deer collective agreements in the current year.

“Approval of this policy enables us to remove the subjectivity of annual salary reviews and adjustments for both City Council and exempt staff,” said City Manager Seabrooke. “We are introducing an unbiased, external source, from which to determine compensation changes, all in an effort to be increasingly transparent and avoid any influence by administration and management.”

“The need for this policy was highlighted over the last year following increased debate around what external comparator organizations are doing with their salaries, the need for increased transparency, changing union settlements and agreements and overall shifts in the economy,” said Seabrooke. “Ultimately, this new policy is about ensuring we remain competitive while simplifying the process and demonstrating our commitment to transparency and equity.”

“Elected officials should not be voting on their own compensation,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “This policy change resolves this longstanding tension.”

Until now, there was no council policy that addressed compensation in this way.

For more information, please contact:

Allan Seabrooke
City Manager
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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