Edmonton Ward 7 Councillor Tony Caterina is paying more than $90,000 a year to his only office assistant – his son Rocco Caterina.
Figures released by the City of Edmonton show Caterina billed taxpayers $45,363.21 for personnel between January and June this year.
Extrapolated over a full year, the salary would come to $90,726.42.
Most Edmonton councillors use their budget to employ several support staff. Caterina is one of a small number to have only one paid assistant.
Tony Caterina has had his son on the payroll for the last 12 years. Rocco also ran for Edmonton City Council in Ward 4 in the last election but was defeated.
For the first six months of the year, Caterina has billed office expenses of $50,883.21 – including $4,000 for community expenses, $920 for communications and $600 for travel and transportation.
The Edmonton City Integrity Commissioner, Jamie Pytel, has looked into the issue…