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Grey County now has 102 employees on Sunshine List

Four more Grey County staffers were added to the Sunshine List in 2023
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Grey County now has 102 employees on the provincial Sunshine List in 2023.

The total number of names on the annual list of public employees earning more than $100,000 per year was up from 98 the previous year. County CAO Kim Wingrove topped the list earning $233.979.20 in salary and $870.42 in benefits.

By provincial legislation (Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996), the county is required to disclose to the Ministry of Finance the names, positions, salaries and taxable benefits of all employees paid $100,000 more during the year. The province publishes those disclosures, and the annual release is called the Sunshine List.

The list included county paramedics, community paramedics, registered nurses working at the county’s long-term care facilities, other positions and the county’s senior department directors.

The list of senior county directors included:

  • Jennifer Cornell, Director of Long-Term Care, salary: $148,412.88, benefits: $568.28.
  • Pat Hoy, Director of Transportation Services, salary: $167,044, benefits: $621.60.
  • Michael Letourneau, Director of Legal Services, salary: $187,160.34, benefits: $727.13.
  • Kevin McNab, Director of Paramedic Services, salary: $167,044.80, benefits: $621.60
  • Jennifer Moreau, Director of Human Resources, salary: $166,003.20, benefits: $649.37
  • Savanna Myers, Director of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture, salary: $167,044.80, benefits: $709.32
  • Randy Scherzer, Deputy CAO, salary: $189,587.20, benefits: $669.66
  • Anne Marie Shaw, Director of Community Services, salary: $177.070.40, benefits: $658.50
  • Mary Lou Spicer, Director of Finance and Treasurer, salary: $158,292.08, benefits: $633.64
  • Scott Taylor, Director of Planning, salary: $151,660.40, benefits: $609.38
  • Tara Warder, Clerk, salary: $111,926.36, benefits: $473.96

Since the Sunshine List was established in 1996, the threshold for disclosure (salaries of $100,000) has not changed.

According to the government of Ontario website used for Sunshine List disclosure, the Canadian consumer price index (CPI) has increased by 76.7 per cent from 1996 to 2023.

In 2023, there were 300,570 records on the sunshine list. If the original threshold established in 1996 followed inflation, the size of the 2023 list would have been reduced by 92 per cent, to 22,754 records.

Based on purchasing power, a salary of $100,000 in 2023 is equivalent to $56,588 in 1996.

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