Town releases annual list of staff earning greater than $100,000

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A staff report to be presented at this week’s Corporate Services Committee meeting outlines the Town of Huntsville’s top earners. The full report is included below.

The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996, requires organizations that receive public funding
from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and taxable benefits
of employees paid $100,000 or more in a calendar year.

The Act was brought in under the Mike Harris led Progressive Conservative Government in 1996 as it was believed that it served as an important check on the public payroll. If the list was adjusted for inflation since 1996 the real benchmark would now be approximately $150,000.

The Ministry of Finance website provides the current year and archival years and can be accessed by visiting their website.

As per our reporting obligations under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, the table below illustrates our report for 2018:

Chief Administrative Officer
CORRY, DENISE
Earnings: $153,373.77
Taxable benefit: $2,672.30

Chief Librarian/CEO
DUCE, DEBORAH
Earnings: $120,798.05
Taxable benefit: $272.24

Director of Development Services
HAMMOND, DERRICK
Earnings: $120,798.05
Taxable benefit: $1,832.24

Director of Operations & Protective Services
HERNEN, STEPHEN
Earnings: $120,618.08
Taxable benefit: $1,167.68

Director of Community Services
LAMBE, KARINA
Earnings: $120,798.05
Taxable benefit: $272.24

Director of Corporate Services
AUBICHON, YVONNE
Earnings: $115,834.40
Taxable benefit: $272.24

Manager of Finance/Treasurer
MCKENZIE, JULIA
Earnings: $116,305.22
Taxable benefit: $322.24

Manager of Human Resources
SMITH, LISA
Earnings: $106,192.39
Taxable benefit: $267.13

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6 Comments

  1. Henk Rietveld on

    It’s high time this relic from the time of Mike the Knife is either updated to take inflation into account, or eliminated altogether. This annual “shaming” of our hard working civil servants is unseemly and unnecessary.

    • Why do you consider it “shaming,” Henk? If they are not being overpaid, why would they be ashamed? Taxpayers are entitled to this information and more, such as: To whom do they report? Who determines their salaries? Why do some only receive hundreds of dollars worth of “benefits” and others receive thousands? Why is the Mayor paid very much less than the CAO, Corry Denise, even though both are considered to be full-time, jobs with many responsibilities? What credentials are required for acquiring the job of Chief Administrative Officer? All those receiving money from the public purse should make their C.V.s available online so that we can see what other jobs they have held. Some extremely highly-paid bureaucrats (especially in the healthcare field) have never held a job in the private sector. They just jump from one government bureaucracy to another. Often, they are lawyers and have NO credentials pertaining to the bureaucracies they head whether it is healthcare, transportation or college/university administrator.

  2. Mike Reijnen on

    Shame serves an actual function. Perhaps if we have to worry about it being shameful, then it indicates a problem. There are a lot of people living in poverty in this town, and paying increasingly higher taxes. On average, in this country, the private sector makes half what the public sector does. That is simply not sustainable, given the fact that we are also helping to foot the bill.

    I’m all for free market success, but when the government employees are making triple what I do, I have a tough time believing it to be justified.

    • Excellent points, Mike. There are many retirees living in this town who mange to get by on a MUCH lower amount of money–and yet, they are required to pay thousands in property taxes to support our public “servants”? As a glaring example of “who’s minding the store?”–many healthcare administrators, in large hospital systems make more than two times as much as the average physician in the same system. Front line doctors and especially nurses who REALLY are responsible for the quality of healthcare are helpless to make changes to improve patient care in the face of the massive, overpaid and powerful health bureaucracy. I’m sure that there are similar abuses in other areas of the bureaucracy–whether local, provincial or federal. There’s something wrong with the bureaucracies which seek to control every moment of our lives, from cradle to grave. I’m fed up with privileged bureaucrats.

  3. Our family pays a lot of tax dollars to live in the Huntsville area on a nice property yet receive very little town service. Only Garbage pickup in the summer once a week. As citizens we/I should have a right to know where my expensive property tax dollars are being used! Government s/b accountable to the tax paying citizens.

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