By Mike Anderson

The Ontario government recently published its 2022 Sunshine List of public sector employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2021.

The Town of Georgina has 93 employees on the list, up from 90 in 2020, which includes 44 firefighters.

The Town, with a population of 48,000, has 32 per cent more $100K plus wage earners than Whitchurch-Stouffville, which has 63 employees, including 28 firefighters, on the list with a population of 46,000.

Since 2019, the number of Town employees earning more than $100k has grown by 25 per cent, while their total wages have grown 37 per cent, from $8,956,753 to $12,323,907.

For reference, Canada’s inflation rate (CPI) was 3.4% in 2021, 0.7% in 2020, and 1.95% in 2019.

According to the Sunshine List, The Town of Georgina’s top 2021 salaries were:

  • David Reddon, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), retired, $347,249.
  • Ryan Cronsberry, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), $250,426.
  • Ronald Jenkins, Director Emergency Services/Fire Chief, $204,810.
  • Beverley Moffatt, Director of Human Resources, $171,261.
  • Rob Wheater, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer, $171,614.

Two elected officials made the list, with Mayor Margaret Quirk earning $138,702 and Regional Councillor Rob Grossi $109,648.

Mayor Quirk’s salary is lower than most mayors in the N6. She earned more than the mayor of East-Gwillimbury (Virginia Hackson, $131,028), but less than the mayors of Newmarket (John Taylor, $160,214), Aurora (Tom Mrakas, $159,757), Whitchurch-Stouffville (Iain Lovatt, $154,849), and King (Steve Pellegrini, $152,556).

According to the 2022 budget, the Town, the largest employer in Georgina, employs 268 permanent full-time staff.

Total salaries and benefits are $37,326,260, representing approximately 75 per cent of the tax levy ($47,141,340), and nearly 50 per cent of the Town’s total operating revenues, roughly $75 million.

Ontario’s Sunshine List of public sector employees earning over $100K was first published by the Mike Harris PC government in 1996. Just 4,576 names appeared on the first list; the 2022 list has 244,390 names.

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