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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sunshine List Reveals Top Earners

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

The Sunshine List included nearly 500 people in Bruce & Grey Counties.

The 2016 Sunshine list of those public employees making over 100 thousand dollars a year shows the CEO of Ontario Power Generation is the highest paid in the province, at nearly $1.2 million.

Jeff Lyash tops the list of more than 123 thousand workers, whose salaries and benefits total nearly $16 billion.

There are nearly 500 people in Grey Bruce on the Sunshine List.

The highest paid locally is Dr. Christine Kennedy, the medical officer of health for Grey Bruce who received over 293 thousand dollars last year.

The Bluewater District School Board had 114 employees on the list, while Grey Bruce Health Services had 72, Owen Sound had 55, the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board had 47, Grey County had 25, Bruce County had 18 and the health unit had 15.

Bluewater School Board Education Director Steve Blake, had a salary of $190,000, while the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board director James McKinnon earned $172,000.

At Grey Bruce Health Services, president and CEO Lance Thurston posted the highest salary on the list, with $266,437 last year. 

The Sunshine List also includes 13 employees from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre. President and CEO Paul Rosebush was the top earner, with a salary of $205,393 last year. 

Owen Sound Police Chief Bill Sornberger received just over $178,000, while former City Manager Ruth Coursey, who left her job at the city in 2015, received $174,000.

A total of 26 employees with the Owen Sound Police Service made the list, including acting Deputy Chief Vince Wurfel, who received just under $147,000.

Nineteen members of the Owen Sound Fire Department are on the list, including Chief Doug Barfoot, who received nearly $122,000 last year.

At Grey County, CAO Kim Wingrove was the highest paid employee with a salary of $175,904. 

CAO Kelley Coulter was the top earner at Bruce County with a salary of nearly $167,000. 

Saugeen Shores had 23 employees on the list, including CAO Lawrence Allison, who received $158,233 last year. Seventeen of the employees work for the town's police department, including Chief Dan Rivett, who earned $152,783.

The Town of Hanover has 12 employees on the list, including police Chief Christopher Knoll, who earned $153,789 last year, and Hanover CAO Brian Tocheri, who earned $135,000.

The Blue Mountains had 10 employees on the list, while West Grey had eight, both Kincardine and Meaford had six, South Bruce Peninsula had three, Georgian Bluffs, Northern Bruce Peninsula, Huron-Kinloss and Grey Highlands each had two and South Bruce, Southgate, Brockton and Chatsworth each had one.

Simcoe-Grey MPP and Progressive Conservative house leader Jim Wilson earned $137,879, while Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound PC MPP Bill Walker and Huron- Bruce PC MPP Lisa Thompson both earned $116,550.

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