New Halifax mayor Mike Savage hires office staff

Donna McCready, Josh Bragg and Cheryl Stewart get paid better than bus drivers, but not as well as the mayoral candidate.

click to enlarge Cheryl Stewart, principal advisor to the mayor.
Cheryl Stewart, principal advisor to the mayor.
Mayor Mike Savage has hired three employees for his office. They are:

Cheryl Stewart, who will have the title of "Principal Advisor to the Mayor." Stewart left her position as the provincial manager of entrepreneurship at the NSCC to work on Savage's campaign. She has been hired on a three month contract, making a total of $22,500.

Donna McCready will have the title of "Communications Strategist," basically the same position ghost -writer Peter Duffy had working for Peter Kelly. McCready, who has her own consulting business, tells The Coast that she intends to return to that business after helping in the transition into the new office. Savage has hired her on a two-month contract, for a total of $12,000.

Josh Bragg will have the title of "Special Assistant." Bragg was a fundriaser for the provincial Liberal Party. He is hired for a three-month contract, making a total of $14,000.

McCready says that both Stewart and Bragg will likely be hired on a permanent basis, as their contracts expire.

There are also two permanent office staff in the office, Kelly McNamara and Brenda Murphy-Jollimore. Both are long-time city employees. McCready did not know their pay, and city spokesperson Shaune MacKinlay says she can't get the pair's pay scales until next week.

All five workers are paid out of the mayor's budget, which was approved as part of the regular budget process by city council in April.

The former mayoral office manager, Debbie Chalmers, is still employed by the city but has moved to another office.

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