CITY HALL had nine senior staff in the top pay grade for local authority positions last year earning as much as €110k each.
Figures released to The Echo under the Freedom of information (FOI) Act show that the highest earners in the council increased by one since the end of 2017.
The taxpayer forked out somewhere between €830,448 and €981,441 to finance the salaries of the local authority’s highest-ranking officials in 2018.
The highest-paid officials are currently earning between €92,272 and €109,949 before tax per year.
The Echo asked the council for the paygrade of the city manager but this information was not returned in the document but is believed to be in excess of €140,000 per annum. Exact salary figures related to each individual position in the top four salary bands could not be attained as part of the [FOI] request.
The council angered councillors in March by creating a new senior management position for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) as part of a restructuring process associated with the city boundary extension which came into effect in May with a salary said to be in excess of €100k.
Representatives were critical of the new role claiming frontline services were being starved as the cost of hiring people higher pay grades rose.
Workers’ Party councillor Ted Tynan described pay for the top earners as “huge money” and added he believes the council is a “bit top-heavy” with senior officials.
The council paid between €79,944 and €97,549, possibly including long-serving increment payments, for one law agent last year. The city architect was in the same pay band.
Six senior executive officers were paid between €66,741 and €85,725 with one financial accountant, one management accountant and a city librarian listed in the same grade.
There were 26 administrative officers and three senior executive librarians paid in the region of €48,978 and €63,672. Twenty-nine senior staff officers and seven executive librarians earned between €46,770 and €57,157.
The chief building and street inspector and four other inspectors were paid between €46,407 and €60,199.
The council’s preparation of its 2019 budget was described as challenging due to reduced income streams. Despite this, spending is set to increase by €6 million to €166 million.
Last month, the local authority advertised to fill the role of assistant chief executive with the successful applicant likely to earn almost €130,000 a year.
The job description outlines that the person hired for the role will report directly to chief executive Ann Doherty and have input into organisational structures and the delivery of services by the city council.
They will also work closely with councillors and provide policy support.
The salary scale for the job is set at €128,415 but the actual figure paid will be determined by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government.