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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd March 2015
District of Kitimat
Municipalities are required to disclose remuneration and expenses for all employees, union and non-union, earning over $75,000 annually. This information is found in the Schedule of

Remuneration (often listed in a municipality’s Statement of Financial Information). The most recent figures available for the District of Kitimat are from 2013. You can find these figures posted on our website at 2014 figures will be published with our annual report, mid-year 2015.

So why are Mr. Poole’s wages listed on the Schedule of Remuneration higher than the figures listed below? Along with base wages, the figures listed on the Schedule of Remuneration include overtime, vacation buy-out, banked-time buy-outs, allowances and reimbursed expenses.

The following table (above) compares the District of Kitimat CAO's base wage with three other communities from regions similarly impacted by potential natural gas developments:

How can I learn more about the District of Kitimat finances?

The budgeting process for municipalities is a public process. Budget meetings are scheduled and meeting times posted. Media are invited and the public is welcome to attend. Two budget meetings have already been held in 2015.

District of Kitimat Annual Reports and Financial Statements are available to view at:
They are nice guys
Comment by Started at the bottom on 7th March 2015
I agree, Ron and Warren are nice guys, and I am sure they, like the rest of us that work put in a lot of time. But the issue is three hundred and fifty thousand for two employees????? If you think they deserve that, please send a cheque for fifty or sixty grand out of your own pocket each year to help pay those costs, and I will continue to tip the A and W guy who gets eleven bucks a hour.
cao wage
Comment by dj on 6th March 2015
Mr. Poole, in my opinion is worth every penny. He puts more time into out community then anyone else Employed with DOK.

Mr. Poole is also personable and reasonable. It has been a pleasure working with him. He is bringing back trust amongst management within dok.

Mr. Poole gives kitimats future hope and prosperity for all. He is a realist and down to earth who is great at representing our city.

We are lucky to have Mr. Poole vs the "last guy".
We could play this all day
Comment by started at the bottom on 5th March 2015
City Manager Nanaimo with a population of 199,000, makes $84 thousand, CAO White rock, population 19 thousand $183,900, or lets compare the city manager of Victoria, at $145,849 plus expenses of $5200.

Maybe its time we had a full time Mayor, at $80 thousand, and get rid of the Cao position. A savings of at least $150 thousand a year, over ten years thats a million and a half.
And this time we do not need to pay a company a hundred thousand to hire the guy from the next town
Municipal manager
Comment by Jim on 4th March 2015
I would have thought the city would have kept quiet on this one but oh no they have to gather the info and try to explain out CAO salary . First of all
I am sure they had to search far and wide to find comparables to justify the salary as they couldn't find any closer to home. Terrace for example a city with a bigger population than Kitimat. With its own share of recent growth and prosperity. The CAO that replaced Ron Poole in her first year earned $109000.00 plus expenses. According to terraces municipal salary discloser. Not only that
appearantly our CAO is so overworked we had to hire him a helper for a total compensation of well over $350000.00 per year to get the job done . Kind of makes you wonder.