This story just gets worse and worse.
On Wednesday, Spec city hall reporter Emma Reilly wrote that Peggy Chapman, Mayor Bob Bratina's chief of staff, got a $30,000 raise effective December 1. Mayor Bratina justified the pay hike by saying the impetus came from the city's Human Resources department.
"HR reviewed Peggy's employment status and found that she was vastly undercompensated based on job description and history," Bratina said Tuesday. "I didn't give a raise, she didn't ask for a raise."
It didn't take long for this story to start crumbling. The next day, an email surfaced disputing the Mayor's claim that HR had initiated the pay raise.
[HR director Helen] Hale Tomasik's email said the mayor's office "approached HR and requested data on the salary ranges paid to prior Chiefs of Staff, which HR provided."
"The Mayor reviewed the information provided by HR, reflected on the scope of her role being a combination of 3 roles in his predecessor's office, and along with his evaluation of Peggy's performance, determined the salary through her contract renewal negotiation and advised HR accordingly," Tomasik wrote.
Bratina backpedaled in a subsequent email to council that was obtained by the Spectator:
"The annual performance review of my staff included information on salary bands paid to former Chiefs of Staff which was provided by HR," Bratina wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Spectator. "The result was that I adjusted the salary of the Chief of Staff to reflect the scope of responsibility within the role."
Yesterday, Council went in camera to consider what to do about the situation. Bratina did not attend the meeting, and Councillors decided not to take action before giving him a chance to respond.
But privately, councillors say they are considering two options: asking Bratina to publicly apologize to HR staff or issuing a formal censure against the mayor.
Council will go in camera again on Tuesday.
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