Elsie Lemke

Elsie Lemke is Peachland's town manager.

Peachland town manager Elsie Lemke is going out on top.

The municipality’s top bureaucrat, who is retiring next year after 13 years in Peachland, was the highest-paid town employee in 2018.

Lemke earned $157,571 and had expenses of $6,116, according to newly released financial information.

The three next highest-paid municipal officials in the town of 5,400 people were fire Chief Dennis Craig, at $121,667, operations director Joe Mitchell, at $116,175, and finance director Douglas Pryde, at $112,110.

A total of 12 town employees earned more than $75,000, the provincially set threshold at which the names and salaries of municipal employees must be released publicly before the end of June.

Total municipal salary costs last year were $2.9 million, the same as in 2017.

In 2009, Lemke was paid $122,750, so her salary rose 28% over the past decade. During that same period, the Canadian inflation rate was 19%, according to the Bank of Canada.

“I extend my sincere thanks to the staff of the District of Peachland, who I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 13 1/2 years,” Lemke writes in the town’s newly released annual report.

“Their dedication and commitment is second to none, and demonstrates their genuine caring for the community,” Lemke wrote. “I will miss working with you.”

Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin’s salary was $36,753 and she had expenses of $9,430.

Peachland’s five councillors are paid about $14,500.