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Eleven County employees on Sunshine List


Eleven Prince Edward County employees appear on this year’s “Sunhine List” for highest paid public staff.

The highest paid employee in the County in 2014 was CAO Merlin J. Dewing, who was removed from his post at a meeting of council on Friday. (Benefits are shown in brackets.)
Dewing earned $226,841 ($10,056)
Belleville’s CAO, Rick Kester, earned $169,269.74  ($1,889.53) and Quinte West CAO Charlie Murphy was paid $142,063.85  ($1,044.98).

The second highest paid County employee was contract engineer Joseph Angelo, earning $151,263.

Seventy-two people working at Quinte Healthcare Corporation earned $100,000 or more last year. President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts topped the list at $332,000 ($19,398).

There were 13 sunshine pay cheques on the list for  the South East Community Care Access Centre. Chief executive officer Jacqueline Redmond’s pay came in at $238,206 ($3,183).

There are 12  Hastings Prince Edward Counties Health Unit employees on the list, headed by Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health at$244,121.57 ($1,101.60) and Eric Serwotka, director of health protection, $138,187.60 ($806.88).

There are 72 employees of the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic School Board on list. The highest paid was Director of Education Jody Dirocco, at $203,650.25, ($1,262.96).

There are 91 Hastings Prince Edward School Board employees on the list, headed by Director of Education, Mandy Savery-Whiteway, who earned $199,740.06 ($142.56).

Topping 77 people at Loyalist College, on the Sunshine List, is  Maureen Piercy, president and CEO, $258,364, ($755.19) and John McMahon, senior vice-president, academic and student success, $194,634.55, ($599.23).

More than 111,000 public-sector workers in the province made at least $100,000 in 2014 – an increase of more than 13,600 from the previous year’s list.
When the first list was created by Ontario’s Public Sector Disclosure Act in 1996, it was to serve as a check on payroll spending. That first list had 4,576 names. The $100,000 threshold, with inflation, is about $142,000 today.

Ontario Power Generation chief executive Tom Mitchell was the province’s highest paid civil servant, taking in $1.555 million last year.

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  1. lou says:

    just thinking today.
    wasn’t he part of letting those two managers go at McFarland?
    at least his name was on letter.

    and he also saved 1.1 million (on employment)
    of taxpayers money.

    so , he was doing his job, restructuring. Better get him out before he cleans up I guess.

  2. TNT says:

    He didn’t just sit back and “run it”…he did a major restructure.

  3. Eric Greer says:

    @ Karen:

    For perspective, the County “budget” is ~$50M and ~300 employees. Dewing collects $227K+ to run this hobby municipality.

    The City of Toronto budget is ~$12B (that’s billion)and Toronto employs ~50,000. And the City Manager’s compensation in 2014 was… wait for it… $410K.

    So, no. You are missing nothing.

  4. R.Richman says:

    Just wondering, the contract engineer we pay 100000 plus to, what does he do and does he also provide a service to
    Belleville also for 100000 plus?

  5. lou says:

    Im thinking they could shave a bit off the QHC lady Egberts salary. Instead of getting rid of front line jobs.
    my opinion

    2) yes the CAo. . Wish they council would give more info on why.

    but it seems we never find out why people let go do we.
    (ie McFarland management)
    and now
    Cao etc.

  6. Susan says:

    TNT, the County has been small town politics forever. It’s not about what you know here rather than who you know! Good staff have either left at first opportunity or been driven from a poisoned work environment. I thought a new Council might have brought hope but to date the track record is not positive. Merlin brought professionalism and you can see where it got him.

  7. TNT says:

    Susan – I have friends in the county who have said the same. Maybe if the others wouldn’t spend so much time at the local coffee shop, solving all the county’s problems, they would notice it, too 😉

  8. TNT says:

    I am from southern Ontario and have always followed the goings on in PEC. I don’t need to be told anything by anyone…I can see it for myself. Are you telling me that you only take an interest in the county, and nothing that happens outside of your pumpkin shell?

  9. Susan says:

    You are right TNT. He worked hard everyday starting at 6:30 a.m unlike our last CAO whose contract with Council gave him every Friday off at full salary! What a mess and who wears it, the taxpayer.

  10. Bill says:

    Hmmmm, you state that your from the CAO’s old stomping grounds? My question is why are you worried so much about whats happening in P.E.C. and how would YOU know the on-going’s of our Town??? Unless you live or have lived here you only know what YOUR being told.

  11. TNT says:

    From the comments on the other post, a lot of people don’t seem to realize the state PEC was in before Merlin was hired. He had a huge mess to clean up…he did what he was hired to do. He earned it.

  12. Susan says:

    Experience and a very well established track record of success would be the primary reason.

    The new CAO without those credentials could be considerably less.

  13. Karen says:

    Does anyone know why the county CAO makes so much more than either the Belleville or Quinte West CAO? Given the relative populations, that seems odd to me.

    Am I missing something?

  14. argyle says:

    Liberal Ontario… nothing but sunshine…

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