2022 Public Sector Salary disclosure findings for Kingston and area – Part 1

The 2022 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure — or so-called “Sunshine List” — includes a number of employees from the City of Kingston, Frontenac County, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, and Kingston Health Sciences Centre, among other public entities. Photo by Thomas Kinto.

Each year, public sector employers in Ontario are required to disclose the salaries of those employees who make $100,000 or more annually.

Established in 1996, the provincial Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act aims to “make Ontario’s public sector more accountable to taxpayers” and requires organizations that receive public funding from the province to make available the names, positions, salaries, and taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year, according to the Province of Ontario. The listings – often referred to as the “Sunshine List” – must be made public by March 31 each year, and apply (but are not limited) to organizations such as:

  • Crown agencies
  • Government of Ontario agencies
  • Municipalities
  • Hospitals
  • Boards of Public Health
  • School boards
  • Universities and colleges

More information on the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act from the Government of Ontario can be found here.

Since the Act was established, it has not accounted for the rate of inflation and, as such, Kingstonist has established a $170,000 benchmark for the salaries listed in this article. Not having reviewed the Public Sector Salary Disclosures for 2021, we have included information on that data in this article. For our coverage of information on the 2020 disclosures locally, click here.

By and large, Queen’s University has more employees on the list annually than any other organization or corporation in the Kingston area. For 2022, over 200 City of Kingston employees were named to the list for 2022, on par with the number of City employees on the list for 2021, but significantly lower than the over 400 City employees on the list for 2020. And, notably, a number of Kingston Police and KHSC employee salaries remained the same or were decreased.

In an attempt to present this information in a digestible format, we’ve broken down the Kingston and area information by employer below. It should be noted that the salaries for those employed at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston are not included, as those are federal entities. Additionally, the following organizations are not listed for the 2021 or 2022 disclosure lists:

  • The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library
  • Addictions and Mental Health Services of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

Further, Kingstonist found that no employees of the following organizations, agencies, or corporations locally made over $170,000 in 2021 or 2022:

  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • Community Living Kingston and District
  • Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation
  • Maltby Centre
  • South Frontenac Township
  • Central Frontenac Township
  • North Frontenac Township

Our coverage of the 2022 “Sunshine List” data will be broken down into three parts. Part 1 will look at local municipalities, including the Kingston Police Services Board and Kingston Fire and Rescue employees in the City of Kingston section. Part 2 will look at local health care and social services employees, and Part 3 will look at local employees in education.

The following listings are in alphabetical order.

Local municipalities

Editorial note: Because Kingston Fire and Rescue and Kingston Police Services Board employees are technically City of Kingston employees, those organizations are listed within the City of Kingston’s listings. Therefore the three entities will be discussed together.

City of Kingston

City staff

Paige Agnew, Commissioner of Public Services
2021: $174,010.20
2022: $189,541.80
Difference: $15,531.60
% increase: 8.93

Lanie Hurdle, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
2021: $241,157.57
2022: $258,589.10
Difference: $17,431,53
% increase: 7.23

Peter Huigenbos, Commissioner of Business, Environment & Projects
2021: $176,303.40
2022: $190,410.50
Difference: $14,107.10
% increase: 8.00

Brad Joyce, Commissioner of Transportation & Public Works
2021: $184,010.20
2022: $188,863.50
Difference: $4,853.30
% increase: 2.64

Desiree Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
2021: $181,126.40
2022: $197,651.55
Difference: $16,525.15
% increase: 9.12

Jenna Morley, Director of Legal Services and City Solicitor
2021: $122,136.56
2022: $170,256.10
Difference: $48,119.54
% increase: 39.46

Mark Van Buren, Deputy Commissioner of Major Projects
2021: $165,911.20
2022: $175,967.43
Difference: $10,056.23
% increase: 6.06

Kingston Fire and Rescue

Kenneth Armstrong, Fire Chief
2021: $165,911.20
2022: $187,541.80
Difference: $21,630.60
% increase: 13.04

James Hodgins, Fire Captain
2021: $139,424.65
2022: $172,916.99
Difference: $33,492.34
% increase: 24.02

Kingston Police Services Board

Note: Not all of those who made $170,000 or more in 2021 made $170,000 or more in 2022, and vice versa. Those who did not make $170,000 or more in 2022 are not listed with comparative salaries. It is also worth noting that, in 2022, Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely announced her upcoming retirement and stated she would be taking leave until that retirement, at which point Scott Fraser became acting Chief of Police.

Robert Fraser, Deputy Chief
2021: Not listed
2022: $251,101.74
Taxable benefits: $9,324.15

Matthew Funnell, Inspector
2021: $183,252.09
2022: $196,196.37
Difference: $12,944.28
% increase: 7.06

David Geen, Staff Sergeant
2021: $165,110.76
2022: $192,596.09
Difference: $27,485.33
% increase: 16.65

Daniel Mastin, Inspector
2021: $198,791.06
2022: $196,127.41
Difference (less): -$2,663.65
% decrease: 1.34

Antje McNeely, Chief of Police
2021: $254,644.46
2022: $262,251.90
Difference: $7,607.44
% increase: 2.99

Lillian Murdock, Inspector
2021: $153,161.67
2022: $186,629.40
Difference: $33,467.73
% increase: 21.85

Brian Pete, Staff Sergeant (2021), Inspector (2022)
2021: $151,092.72
2022: $185,777.96
Difference: $34,685.24
% increase: 22.96

Christopher Scott, Deputy Chief
2021: $225,386.53
2022: $210,429.76
Difference (less): $14,956.77
% decrease: 6.64

Gregory Sands, Inspector
2021: $163,746.35
2022: $193,378.80
Difference: $29,432.54
% increase: 17.97

Andrew Wilby, Constable
2021: $134,567.81
2022: $170,566.57
Difference: $35,998.76
% increase: 26.75

In 2021, there were 208 City of Kingston employees (including Kingston Fire and Rescue, excluding the Kingston Police Services Board) making over $100,000/year. Six of those people – 2.89 per cent – made $170,000 or more.

In 2022, there were 264 City of Kingston employees (including Kingston Fire and Rescue, excluding the Kingston Police Services Board) making over $100,000/year. Nine of those people – 3.41 per cent – made $170,000 or more.

In 2021, there were 172 members of the Kingston Police Force making over $100,000/year. Five of those people – 2.91 per cent – made $170,000 or more. In 2022, there were 169 members of the Kingston Police Force making over $100,000/year. Ten of those people – 5.92 per cent – made $170,000 or more.

In 2022, there were 169 members of the Kingston Police Force making over $100,000/year. Ten of those people – 5.92 per cent – made $170,000 or more.


Frontenac County

While a total of 70 County employees are on the list, only CAO Kelly Pender made more than $170,000 in 2022. Pender made $199,130.89, with $1,488.76 in taxable benefits. This is up 1.92 per cent (or $3,743.04) from the CAO’s $195,387.85 salary in 2021.


Loyalist Township

There are 25 Loyalist Township employees on the list, however, none of them make more than $170,000. There were 18 Loyalist Township employees listed in 2021, none of whom made $170,000 or more.


Lennox and Addington County

There are 32 L&A employees on the list in 2022, with one of those making more than $170,000/year. CAO Brenda Orchard made $198,322.51 in 2022, with $996.24 in taxable benefits. This is up 3.18 per cent (or $6,116.86) over the CAO’s salary for 2021.


Town of Greater Napnee

There are 14 employees of the Town of Greater Napanee on the list in 2022; however, none of them make $170,000 or more. There were 14 employees listed for 2021, none of whom made $170,000 or more that year.

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