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Calgary city council approves raise, bonus for city manager Jeff Fielding

City saving $40 million and maintaining services warranted raise, say councillors

City councillors approved a raise and bonus for city manager Jeff Fielding, citing the cost savings he's found for the city.

City councillors approved a raise and bonus for city manager Jeff Fielding, citing the cost savings he's found for the city.

Councillors gave city manager Jeff Fielding a glowing review on Monday evening, and then they gave him a raise and a bonus.

The council approved a bonus of 8.5 per cent of his base salary amounting to $26,775. His base salary will increase by 3.2 per cent, adding an extra $10,080 to his pay.

Coun. Andre Chabot cut to the chase when he explained why he would approve the motion.

“Mr. Fielding said there will be no cuts to services, and then he found $40 million dollars in efficiencies. I think that’s worth that $26,000 investment and I’m happy to support that recommendation.”

The only councilor to disagree with giving a bonus to Fielding was Coun. Sean Chu. He cited the tough economic times the city is currently experiencing, and suggested leaders should lead by example.

Other councillors took exception to that suggestion.

“We found the correct individual at the correct time and he has performed exemplary, so I find it rather difficult to hear people say we shouldn’t give him 8.5 per cent,” said Coun. Shane Keating. “I have difficulty when I compare this bonus to many that are out in the private sector. This is extremely modest.”

Likewise, Coun. Peter Demong disagreed with Chu, noting that he had voted in favor of a 40 per cent increase to his ward budget.

Chu voted against the bonus but in favor of the raise. All other councillors supported both motions.

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