Nearly 50 Huron County employees make 'Sunshine List'
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
In 2020, Huron County paid 49 employees over $100,000 according to its annual Public Salary Disclosure Act report, known to many as the Sunshine List.
This represents a substantial increase over the 39 people on the 2019 list and the 2018 list, which included 30 people.
In his report to Huron County Council at its March 3 meeting, Treasurer Michael Blumhagen did note that there were 27 pay periods in 2020 due to the way the calendar fell, as opposed to a more traditional 26 pay periods.
“Based on how the dates fell with the 2020 calendar, there were 27 pay periods, which has resulted in additional staff being added to the 2020 salary disclosure reporting as compared to 2019, with only 26 pay periods. Normally, there are only 26 pay periods in a year for this reporting,” Blumhagen said in his report. “For example, in 2020, the two-week pay cycle ending Dec. 26, 2019 was paid to employees on Jan. 2, 2020, so for T4 tax reporting purposes these earnings would be included on the 2020 T4. For financial reporting purposes, these costs were expensed to 2019. In December, 2020, the pay [period] ending Dec. 24, 2020 was paid on Dec. 31, 2020, so this resulted in one extra pay (the 27th) being included in an employee’s T4.”
The county’s top employee, Chief Administrative Officer Meighan Wark, led the way as the county’s highest-paid employee with earnings of $189,175.10.
Next on the list is Director of Planning and Development Sandra Weber at $149,176, followed by Director of Operations Steven Lund and Treasurer Michael Blumhagen who are both at $149,106.91, and County Clerk Susan Cronin, who rounded out the top five at $139,320.
The rest of the list is as follows: Homes Administrator Connie Townsend, $138,182.79; Director of Social and Property Services Barbara Hall, $135,219.70; Director of Economic Development Cody Joudry, $134,209.51; Director of Human Resources Lara Vanstone at $130,042.30; Public Works Manager Mike Hausser at $128,969.16; Emergency Services Chief Jeff Horseman at $128,969.16; Deputy-Treasurer Veronica Stevenson, $128,873.61; Homes Administrator Angela Steadman, $126,534.22; Primary Care Paramedic David Ludwig, $122,780.93; Homes for the Aged Director of Care Angela Hartin-Riley, $118,165.93; Emergency Services Superintendent David Wagner, $117,194.33; Emergency Services Superintendent David Campbell, $116,371.74; Registered Practical Nurse Kimberly Mostrey, $115,503.75; Registered Nurse Anna Laxton, $114,562.46; Emergency Services Superintendent Mark Crawford, $113,285.16; Information Technology Manager Kimberley Reid, $112,866.94; Deputy-Chief (Professional Standards) William Lewis, $112,866.92; Technical Services Manager Jeff Kerslake, $112,448.61; Deputy-Chief of Operations Robert Taylor, $112,866.92; Primary Care Paramedic Melvin Andrews, $112,379.09; Museum Curator Elizabeth French-Gibson, $111,280.45; Registered Nurse Melanie Eden, $110,643.22; Child Services Supervisor Diane Millian, $109,704.56; Primary Care Paramedic Taryn-Lee Gutjahr, $109,107.52; Charge Nurse Kara Daw, $108,119.18; Director of Care Dana Mellor, $107,607.86; Human Resources Senior Manager Jane Anderson, $106,934.75; County Librarian and Director of Cultural Services Beth Rumble, $106,881.43; Emergency Services Superintendent Brad Watters, $106,300.13; Charge Nurse Dawn Powell-Parker, $105,088.95; Network and Security Architect Mike Mason and Client Services Supervisor – Information Technology Robert Barlow, at $104,514.58 each; Primary Care Paramedic Sean Gelber, $104,464.31; Housing Services Manager, Christine Hoffman, $104,322.86; Senior Planner Craig Metzger, $102,725.10; Provincial Offences Manager Lavonne Maize, $102,725.07; Senior Planner Denise Van Amersfoort, $102,725.05; Primary Care Paramedic David Bisback, $101,826,25; Primary Care Paramedic Andrew Kramer, $101,393.30; Engineering Project Manager – Bridges Cameron Harper, $100,928.94; Primary Care Paramedic Adam Robinson, $100,888.93; Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator David Clarke, $100,627.21; Primary Care Paramedic, Melissa Springett, $100,320.53 and Primary Care Paramedic James Janssen, $100,140.01.
The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was passed in 1996. It calls for the provincial government to release a list of public sector employees paid a salary of $100,000 or more in the previous year.
The full provincial list will be published on the government’s website by the end of March at ontario.ca.