& JOE LEBOUTHILLIER The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: North Durham was well represented on the recently released 2013 public sector salary disclosure list, the annual listing of public sector employees who earned more than $100,000.
A total of nine Township of Scugog employees cracked the recently released 'sunshine list' this year, for a total cost of over $1 Million.
Each member of Scugog's senior staff, plus the Township's four full-time firefighters, pocketed more than $100,000 last year.
Topping the salary soirée is Scugog CAO Beverly Hendry, with a yearly pay cheque of $148,658 - $7,382 more than her 2012 take-home.
New to the 2014 edition are Trena DeBruijn, director of finance ($102,353) and a handful of Scugog Township Fire Department employees.
Gord Gettins, chief fire prevention officer, earned $125,427, Fire Captain Todd Soomre earned $120,249, and Fire Chief Richard Miller brought home $102,241.
Clint Walker and Joe Goris, two of the Township's full-time firefighters, made the list this year - earning $105,613 and $11,143 respectively.
"The four firefighters [Goris, Walker, Soomre and Gettins] are on the list for 2013 due to a one-time arbitrated retroactive settlement, dating back to 2009," said Captain Soomre - explaining that the elevated salaries are a special phenomenon due to a 2013 settlement, which granted a 27 per cent pay increase over the past four years.
Repeats from last year include Ian Roger, director of works and parks, and Donald Gordon, director of community services - earning $122,653, and $102,314 respectively.
This year's sunshine list salaries add up to $1,029,648 - roughly a 188 per cent increase from last year's $357,549.
The top earner from Uxbridge Township was CAO Ingrid Svelnis, who took home a salary of $139,148 in 2013.
Joining Ms. Svelnis from Uxbridge was Treasurer Al Schultz, who earned $122,212. As well, Public Works Director Ben Kester and Fire Chief Scott Richardson each earned $107,168 in 2013.
Township clerk Debbie Leroux rounded out Uxbridge's 'Sunshine Listers' with $106,066 last year.
Further to the north, Brock Township had three staff members crack six figures in salary last year, led by CAO and Municipal Clerk Tom Gettinby at $137,253. Brock's Treasurer, Laura Barta ($115,243) and Director of Public Works Nicholas Colucci also appeared on the 2013 list.
Within the Durham District School Board (DDSB), there are a number of local employees who cracked the newest list.
The number one money-maker is Caysi Stark, principal of Port Perry High School, with a $125,967 salary. That is just under a $3,000 increase from her 2012 salary.
Port Perry HS vice principals Jon Lepage ($102,483) and Dean Geiger ($111,014) also made the list.
Uxbridge SS Prinicipal Steve David also made the list, making $120,283 in 2013. Mr. avid was joined by USS Vice Principals Steve Harland ($103,303) and Concetta White ($111,014).
Created in 1996 by the provincial government, the Public Salary Disclosure Act requires that any organization receiving funding from the province to disclose the name, position, salary and total taxable benefits of any employee that earns six figures or more in a given year.
The full 2013 list can be viewed on-line at www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/publications/salarydisclosure.