The following emails were received from our Mayor for publication:
On Thursday morning I was contacted by Andrew Dreschel who had information about my employee's salary that I did not have. The question arises, how did he get information that apparently is only known to a few staff members. There is a process that directs us to make public the so-called Sunshine List of those whose compensation exceeded $100,000 dollars in the calendar year. However the information had not been given to me regarding my employee until we requested it because of the media inquiry. We received an undated draft copy which theoretically is not public yet.
Below is my response to Mr. Dreschel, and his reply today. The only inference one can take from the Spectator article is that I somehow concealed for devious purposes information that inevitably would become public. Mr. Dreschel and his Editorial Board heard me state publicly at the Rotary Awards night
that my office had saved more than half our budget, amounting to $507,000 (five hundred and seven thousand dollars), which includes all salaries and expenses, to the benefit of taxpayers, but obviously have no intention of publishing the most remarkable budget saving (over 50 per cent) of any department in the City.
It is obvious the Spectator intends to carry on its campaign of attack on the Mayor's office, in this case involving a sum of $8,000 dollars of vacation pay, while questions remain unanswered about the spending of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money.
I have finally seen the documents related to the "Sunshine List", which I believe you have in your possession. My employee's accumulated vacation pay was $8,008.34, which was added to her 2011 compensation since she took no vacation that year. In addition her 2012 increase added a small amount in the month of December to the original contracted salary which was given to you and you published in 2010. We also released to the public the market valuation increase agreed to for 2012 during her annual review. For 2011 the combination of vacation pay and salary increase resulted in the final total, $967 dollars over the "Sunshine List" threshhold. I'm not sure what the point of your column was in terms of informing the public since we have always committed to full disclosure.Bob Bratina.
From: Dreschel, Andrew [mailto:ADreschel@thespec.com]
*Sent:* Friday, March 16, 2012 11:10 AM
*To:* Bratina, Bob
*Subject:* RE: Your column
Thanks very much for the information, Bob. No, I don’t have any documentation in my possession. If I did, I certainly would have reported the number in my column. As I informed you yesterday, my questions arose from rumours I’d picked up on. Thanks for fleshing them out with the facts.