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Transparency: City of Lethbridge to publish employee salary info

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The City is of Lethbridge is becoming a little more transparent.

Councillors this week approved a Compensation Disclosure List be made public every year on the City’s web site .

That list will identify position titles, salary ranges and information about pension and benefits for all employment positions and elected officials at the City of Lethbridge.

City Councillor Jeffrey Coffman says more and more citizens use social media these days, noting it’s important for local government to be open, providing factual information wherever possible. “By adding a Compensation Disclosure List to the City’s website, we are allowing our citizens access to the information they may be seeking about public dollars from a credible source.”

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Employee names and exact salaries, however will not be published. The City of Lethbridge notes this approach will help balance the opportunity to provide factual information while respecting employees’ privacy.

Coffman says this is just one more way Councillors can be accountable to the citizens they serve.

This type of public salary disclosure is in line with other cities like Calgary and Red Deer which publish lists on their respective websites as well

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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