The annual Sunshine List of Public Service workers earning more than $100,000 per year has been published by the Ontario Government, and it shows another increase in salary costs in the municipality. The List was introduced in The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996, by the Mike Harris Conservative Government in order to allow taxpayers to see where their money was going. It includes provincial and municipal employees. In its first year, the List contained just 4,500 names and the criteria for inclusion has not been updated since then. It has been calculated that the same salary today would be $150,000 and about 85% of those on this year’s list would not be included.
North Grenville pays six of its senior Managers more than $100,000, an increase of one since last year. In 2012, there was just one employee in the municipality earning more than $100,000. In 2018, the situation was:
Brian Carré, Chief Administrative Officer, $168,581.90
Karen Dunlop, Director of Public Works, $119,624.71
Mark Guy, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, $107,695.53
Philip Gerrard, Director of Planning and Development, $104,056.31
Cahl Pominville, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk, $102,465.47
John Okum, Director of Emergency and Protective Services, Fire Chief, $102,349.31
Senior Management salaries have been going up year over year since 2017. In that year, the total paid to the top earners was $493,487, which was a decline from the previous year of almost 30%. In 2018, salaries went up by almost 20%, and the same rise was seen in this year’s figures. The biggest increase went to the CAO, whose salary rose by 17.8% last year. In the last five years (2013 to 2018) the salary of the CAO of North Grenville went from $125,227 to $168,582. This has put the CAO in the top 96.6 percentile in his position category in Ontario.