Non-executive VPD staff raking in almost quarter of a million in salary

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Inspector Henrik Cluft passes out after working his 107th hour of overtime this month. On the plus side, he earned a gross salary of $239,000 in 2008.

Yesterday CityCaucus.com revealed through one of our FOIs that over 345 employees at the Vancouver Police Department were making in excess of $100,000 in 2008. We can now confirm that a number of employees earning well in excess of $145,000 are not actually even in the VPD executive. Two non-executive employees managed to rake in $226,757.35 and $218,014.50 respectively. The identities of these employees were not available through freedom of information.

The complete list of 2008 renumeration of VPD employees (the identities of non-executive staff are excluded) is available here.

According to the VPD website, a top 1st class constable can make $89,000 after 20 years of service. Therefore, if these two non-executive employees are actually sworn officers, that would mean they more than doubled their base pay through the collection of overtime. If that's the case, one need ask how all this overtime could impact the proper functioning of any given police officer.

Concern over excessive overtime pay for Vancouver police is not new. In a report written by Curt Taylor Griffiths, Ph.D, he made the following observations:

The top 5 overtime earners in the Department are working overtime hours that
could be considered to be excessive. These officers earned more than 100
overtime hours per month on average during that period.

He also discovered that:

The top 20 overtime earners earned a total of 13,122 overtime hours during a
seven month period in 2005 and accounted for 9.4% of the total number of
overtime hours earned by VPD officers.

The VPD currently state on their website that:

On average members can expect to make $10-15,000 or more a year on overtime.

The Griffiths Report on excessive overtime was supposed to have led to a major overhaul of the VPD's operating procedures to help cut back on the overall amount paid.

When you cross reference the material we received, with information available on the Vancouver Police Department's website, you find a list of the top 15 earners:

  1. Jim Chu - $268,077.09
  2. Doug Lepard - $247,887.38
  3. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - 226,757.35
  4. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - $218,014.50
  5. S. Sweeney - $196,503.29
  6. R.A. Rich - $190,200.22
  7. S. Schnitzer - $180,726.13
  8. A.W. Hobbs - $168,185.15
  9. R.G. Rothwell - $165,173.68
  10. H.A. Niedtner - $153,408.00
  11. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - 150,433.19
  12. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - $150,271.75
  13. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - $148,998,92
  14. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - $147,260.92
  15. UNKNOWN EMPLOYEE - $147,005.71

What you see above are the names of the senior executive team (with the exception of W. Wright who earned only $133,843.26) and a number of other unknown employees who were in the top 15 category.

Our research team will continue to pour over the numbers in the coming days, however, the fact so many non-executive employees are pulling down fairly respectable salaries is rather interesting. Stay tuned for more analysis on this one as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Check out the Vancouver Sun for more analysis on year-over-year pay increases for the VPD's top brass that was posted online today.

3 Comments

Could you explain the definition of non-executive staff? Would they be trainers, supervisors, etc? Or something external to sworn officers?
As interested parties lobby for more officers on the street while the city needs to find new sources of revenue, I wonder if there are any "efficiencies" to be found at the VPD?

Nicely done and good to see you guys getting some credit in the Sun for the story. Did you see that Frances posted about this but makes no reference to your site?

I also noticed that Bula picked off your story but didn't even bother to give you guys credit. Bad form on her part. Maybe she really does believe she broke the story? I too read the Sun and they should get full marks for recognizing you uncovered the story.

Now make sure none of the citycaucus staff are speeding in Vancouver. You might find they get ticketed just a little more often as a result of your investigative work.

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