Let­ting the sun shine in on pub­lic sec­tor salaries

The Woolwich Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STEVE KANNON

WOOL­WICH AND WELLES­LEY TOWN­SHIPS con­trib­uted seven mem­bers to a list of more than 123,000 peo­ple on gov­ern­ment pay­rolls in On­tario earn­ing more than $100,000 in 2016.

Across the prov­ince, the sun­shine list – which in­cludes doc­tors, nurses, teach­ers, po­lice and fire­fight­ers in ad­di­tion to civil ser­vants – grew by 6.9 per cent over the 115,431 in 2015.

In Wool­wich, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer David Bren­ne­man was the high­est paid of town­ship em­ploy­ees, tak­ing in $148,449.06. Di­rec­tor of engi­neer­ing and plan­ning Dan Ken­na­ley, was paid $114,894.22, the same as di­rec­tor of fi­nance/trea­surer Richard Peth­er­ick. Town­ship di­rec­tor of coun­cil and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices/clerk Val­rie Hum­mel made $101,171.08. Town­ship fire chief Rick Pedersen re­ceived $114,069.67

Pub­lic works su­per­in­ten­dent Barry Bal­dasaro came in at $103,067.74.

Typ­i­cally on the list, the di­rec­tor of re­cre­ation and fa­cil­i­ties po­si­tion changed hands dur­ing the year, with nei­ther the de­part­ing or in­com­ing em­ployee around long enough through the year to break the $100K ceil­ing.

In Welles­ley, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Rik Louwagie was the sole mem­ber of the list, earn­ing $117,217.97.

At the Re­gion of Water­loo, there were 272 peo­ple among those paid more than $100,000 by tax­pay­ers. The list in­cludes Chair Ken Seil­ing at $164,965.75. Top earn­ers were Liana Nolan, com­mis­sioner, pub­lic health/med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health, $289,617.64; CAO Mike Mur­ray, $274,817.41; Hsiu-Li Wang, as­so­ciate med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health, $253,157.06; and Thomas Sch­midt, com­mis­sioner, trans­porta­tion & en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, $214,626.58

The Water­loo Re­gional Po­lice pro­vided 666 names to the list, led by chief Bryan Larkin at $283,984.69 plus $13,289.94 in tax­able ben­e­fits; deputy chief Kevin Chalk, $230,729.40 plus $12,136.94 in tax­able ben­e­fits and deputy chief Kevin Thaler, $229,996.91 plus $11,419.76 in tax­able ben­e­fits.

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