Thunder Bay – Sunshine List

City has 452 employees on annual Sunshine List

The City of Thunder Bay tops all local contributors to the annual public-sector salary disclosure list, with 452 employees earning more than $100,000 in 2019.

That’s 81 more than the 371 at Lakehead University and 209 more than the 243 crossing the threshold at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. It’s also 28 more than the 424 the city had the previous year.

Outgoing hospital CEO Jean Bartkowiak topped all non-medical publicly paid earners in the city, taking home $369,447 last year, about $2,000 less than he earned in 2018. At St. Joseph’s Care Group, president and CEO Tracy Buckler earned $343,078, down more than $3,000 from the year before.

He was followed closely by Lakehead University president Moira MacPherson, who was paid $360,045 in 2018. Northwest Local Health Integration Network CEO Rhonda Crocker-Ellacott made $353,164.

Her Confederation College counterpart Kathleen Lynch, by comparison, earned $226,923, identical to what her predecessor, Jim Madder, earned the year prior.

City manager Norm Gale topped all municipal employees, with $256,390 in earnings last year, slightly more than the $249,251 taken in by Police Chief Sylvie Hauth.

Fire Chief John Hay, who has been off the job without public explanation since November, earned $172,909.

Turning to local school boards, Pino Tassone, who heads the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, earned $207,578, while Lakehead Public Schools counterpart Ian MacRae was paid $204,282.

Province-wide, there were 166,978 people listed on the 2019 Sunshine List. Combined, they were paid $21,270,964 for an average of $127,387. – tbnewswatch

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Every time City Council tries to trim the budget, Gale holds the spectre of service cuts up for all to see. No example is ever provided,  Eliminating jobs at the bottom of the pay scale that cuts some services is standard operating procedure. Managers rarely lose their jobs.

Firefighters, police officers and teachers will be getting close to be on this list soon. At some point not that far down the line, all municipal employees will be on this list.

Paying a Fire Chief $172,000 to not be at work? The man should be off on Long Term Income Protection which would be paid by an insurance company and not the taxpayer. Why has the public not been given even a general explanation as the the reason for the man’s absence? Employees can just disappear?

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  1. iceho
    iceho at | | Reply

    Time to drain the swamp………………oh wait…… is being drained.

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