CTV on CFO Patrice Impey's big score - watch the video
Kudos to Shannon Paterson and CTV News for picking up the story of Patrice Impey's gold-plated, 20-year benefits package. Yesterday, CityCaucus.com broke the news of the new Vancouver CFO winning the lottery as far as civil service pay packages go. Today we learned that the hiring was done by City Manager Penny Ballem, and City Council was not aware of all the details of the contract despite signing off on it.
Mayor Robertson repeated the claim we've heard multiple times from City Hall that Ms. Impey "took a big pay cut" to earn the $224,000 position, plus $45,000 worth of paid vacation, plus a pension plan the equivalent of a 20-year city employee. If so, shouldn't we be paying CFO what she is worth in salary, and not through hidden and costly perks?
Robertson defended the hiring, saying that Ms. Impey's "lifetime of experience" made her worth the money. According to her bio that "lifetime" equals "15 years of senior experience in finance and administration roles." I guess now the year Schindler's List earned the Oscar for Best Picture to now constitutes a lifetime.
Asked by Paterson whether he got 10 weeks vacation per year, the Mayor smirked that he'd "be lucky to get two weeks off." If that's the case, we expect that he won't take any more time off until 2010. He's already taken at least that much time off since taking office just over 4 months ago – during the Snowmageddon disaster of late December, and more time off during March.
The crew down at CityCaucus Towers are in discussions whether to start a Gregor "vacation watch clock" to see if he lives by that 2-week of vacation per year commitment.