This is a replay of a piece from last spring. It fits today’s subject since it demonstrates that BC’s most senior public officias aren’t playing catch-up.
Washington State schools enrol just over a million students while BC public schools register about 740,000. Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency overseeing K-12 public education. It is headed by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn who earned $121,157 in 2010. James Gorman, Deputy Minister, British Columbia Ministry of Education (0.74 million students), earns a salary of $232,000.
Washington’s largest district, Seattle Public Schools, pays Superintendent Susan Enfield (47,575 students) $225,000. North Vancouver School District Superintendent John Lewis (16,200 students) made a total of $245,891 in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, after a two year increase of 17%, or about $3,000 monthly. SOURCE Mr. Lewis has three Assistant Superintendents, each averaging $179,200 in annual compensation. Seattle, with three times as many students, has only one Assistant Superintendent. He earns a salary of $175,840.
Washington State Investment Board chief investment officer Gary Bruebaker has annual pay of $303,562. The top five paid executives of the WA State Investment Board average $244,375. British Columbia Investment Management Corporation CEO Doug Pearce earned $1,003,659 and the top five paid executives of the BC Investment Management Corporation averaged $643,862, 263% more than the five WA counterparts.
David Mosely, head of Washington State Ferries, earned $144,220 in 2010. David Hahn, head of BC Ferries, earned $997,199 plus $425,000 in supplemental retirement.
Dan Newhouse, Director of Washington State Agriculture, earned $120,151. Wes Shoemaker, British Columbia’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, earns $232,000
Uriel R Iniguez, Executive Director of the Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs, earned $77,954. Steve Munro, Deputy Minister of British Columbia’s Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation, earns $225,000.
Stan Marshburn is Executive Manager of the Office of Financial Management in Washington State. In 2010, he was the highest paid official in Washington’s OFM, earning $132,187. Peter Milburn is British Columbia’s Deputy Minister of Finance. He earns $250,000.
Julie A Martin heads the Washington State Lottery Commission for a salary of $112,392. The five top paid executives of Washington’s SLC cost a total of $484,574. Michael Graydon heads the BC Lottery Corporation for a salary of $421,084. The five top paid executives of BCLC collectively cost $1.57 million, some 325% more than the five highest paid Washington managers.
Washington’s State Convention and Trade Center paid its President John Cristison $196,188 and the five highest paid CTC executives averaged $145,788. Warren Buckley, CEO of the BC Pavilion Corporation earned $563,707 in 2010-11. (Despite massive capital cost overruns, higher than anticipated operating losses and difficulties with low facility occupancy, Buckley earned $100,000 incentive plan compensation for the year.) PavCo’s five highest paid executives averaged $332,923, 245% of the average paid the top five paid managers in the equivalent Washington organization.
In 2009-2010, Gordon Campbell was paid $207,494 as Premier and MLA for Point Grey. In the USA, the average Governor earned $130,595. Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire’s salary or $166,891 is tenth highest among U.S. Governors. The Governor of Oregon earned $93,600 in 2009 and our neighbour Montana paid its Governor $100,121 in 2009.
The chief administrator of the Washington State Senate is Tom Hoemann. HIs 2010 compensation was $143,691. Brad Hendrickson, Deputy Secretary of the Senate, earned $133,271. Clerk of the BC Legislature George MacMinn earned $252,560 in 2010-2011 and the 81 year-old continues to reside in his old office and is still paid despite having been replaced, over NDP objections, by Craig James, who earned $213,151 in 2010-2011 at his former position as chief electoral officer.
In British Columbia, Provincial Court judges and Supreme Court Masters earn $230,066, Supreme Court judges earn $271,400. In addition, lavish pensions for the judges cost the public approximately another 25%. In Washington, Supreme Court Justices make $164,221, District Court Judges, $141,710. The following data is from 2008.
British Columbia’s 2010-2011 public accounts report that three Deputy Ministers averaged expenses of $52,000 each while the remaining 39 DMs and ADMs managed to survive on an average of $16,000 each..