Timmins city councillor Andrew Marks wants to know if the salary paid to the mayor is enough. He’s asked administration to investigate it and report in the first quarter of 2022, so council can decide whether to increase it.
Marks recites a long list of what the mayor does for the city, as the CEO of a multi-million-dollar corporation.
“This is a very important position for the City of Timmins and I believe fair remuneration is absolutely a requirement,” he remarks. “We want to attract the very best and brightest to be the mayor of the City of Timmins. I think everybody should be proud of that.”
Administration’s research will include comparing the $92,183 base salary to other cities in the north and of similar size elsewhere.
“I don’t know the exact competitive wages for somebody at this skill level, but it would certainly be more than what we currently pay,” says Marks. “I know that people in the past have taken pay cuts to be the mayor of the City of Timmins.”
Any raise would kick in when the council elected next fall takes office. Marks strongly denies wanting to run for mayor. He won’t commit yet to running to retain his councillor position.