The 2021 Sunshine List has been released today and has revealed that 404 City of Kingston officials were paid over 100k in 2020. Since 1996, it has been mandatory for organizations to disclose the employees who have earned over $100,000.
The Public Disclosure shows that 404 city staff members earned over $100,000 this year, an increase from 380 in 2019.
At the top of the list is Chief Administrative Officer Lanie Hurdle, who made $244,000 last year and Desire Kennedy who made $187,946 in 2020. The expenditures on staff who make over $100,00 total amounts to over $49 Million.
Despite the increase city staff members, Health and Education sectors were more dominant on this list than previous years. Much of this is directly a result of the Pandemic. “Growth in this year’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure list was driven largely by increases in the Hospitals & Boards of Public Health and School Boards sectors,” said Sebastian Skamski, who is from the Ontario’s Treasury Secretariat.
“Almost 75% of the growth of the Public Sector Salary Disclosure is due to increases in the Hospitals & Boards of Public Health and School Boards sectors,” added Shamski.
For instance, the number of employees earning over $100,000 at Kingston’s Health Science Centre has grown to 534 individuals in 2020, from just over 300 in 2019. Coming in at was president and CEO of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, who earned almost $600,000 in 2020.
In the education sector, Tina Dacin, professor, Smith Chair and Director (Community Impact Research Program) topped the list, earning just over $540,000 in 2020. In comparison, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Patrick Deane earned $415,000.