2023 Public Sector Salary Disclosure findings for Kingston and area – Part 1

The 2023 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure — or so-called ‘Sunshine List’ — includes a number of employees from the City of Kingston, Frontenac County, Lennox and Addington County, the Town of Napanee, and Loyalist Township, among other public entities. Kingstonist file photos.

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. For comparison, we have included data from the 2022 Public Sector Salary Disclosure, which we covered in three parts last year (local municipalities, including police services, fire services, and paramedic services; local health-care and social services facilities and organizations; and local employees in education).

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 people 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 do not appear on the 2022 or 2023 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

Like last year, our coverage of the 2023 “Sunshine List” data will be broken down into three parts. Part 1 will look at local municipalities, including police, fire, and paramedic services; 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 and municipally funded services

City of Kingston

Editor’s note: Because Kingston Fire and Rescue and Kingston Police Services Board employees are technically City of Kingston employees, those organizations appear within the City of Kingston’s listings. Therefore the three entities will be discussed together. It should be noted that no members of Kingston City Council earned $170,000 or more from their work on council in 2023. The Kingston City Council 2023 remunerations summary can be read on the City’s website.

Paige Agnew, Commissioner of Growth & Development Services
2023: $203,956.90
2022: $189,541.80
Increase: $14,415.10
% increase: 7.61

Neil Carbone, Commissioner of Corporate Services
2023: $177,150.35
2022: $153,326.17
Increase: $23,824.18
% increase: 15.54

Brandon Forrest, Director of Business, Real Estate & Environment for Growth & Development Services
2023: $172,008.20
2022: $152,212.90
Increase: $19,795.30
% increase: 13

Lanie Hurdle, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
2023: $290,957.36
2022: $258,589.10
Increase: $32,368.26
% increase: 12.51
Also of note, Hurdle claimed $10,092.12 in taxable benefits for 2023.

Brad Joyce, Commissioner of Infrastructure, Transportation & Safety
2023: $209,363.70
2022: $188,863.50
Increase: $20,500.20
% increase: 10.85

Speros Kanellos, Director of Facilities, Management & Construction for Corporate Services
2023: $173,409.6
2022: $166,408.29
Increase: 7,001.31
% increase: 4.21

Desiree Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and City Treasurer
2023: $209,363.70
2022: $197.651.55
Increase: $11,712.15
% increase: 5.93

Jenna Morley, Director of Legal Services and City Solicitor
2023: $190,493.52
2022: $170,256.10
Increase: $20,237.42
% increase: 11.89

Deanne Roberge, Director of Human Resources (HR) and Organization Development Services for Corporate Services
2023: $173,409.60
2022: $166,373.88
Increase: $7,035.72
% increase: 4.23

Mark Van Buren, Department Commissioner of Major Projects for Infrastructure, Transportation & Emergency Services
2023: $173,409.60
2022: $175,967.43
Decrease: $2,557.83
% decrease: 1.45

Kingston Police Force and Services Board

Chief Robert (Scott) Fraser
2023: $245,000.08
2022: $251,101.74
Decrease: $6,101.66
% decrease: 2.43

Matthew Funnell, Inspector
2023: $206,482.64
2022: $196,196.37
Increase: $10,286.27
% increase: 5.24

David Geen, Sergeant
2023: $178,899.49
2022: $192,596.09
Decrease: $13,696.60
% decrease: 7.11

Daniel Mastin, Inspector
2023: $193,256.96
2022: $196,127.41
Decrease: $2,870.45
% decrease: 1.46

Chief Antje McNeely (now retired)
2023: $270,122.06
2022: $262,251.90
Increase: $7,870.16
% increase: 3.00

Lillian Murdock, Inspector
2023: $203,505.36
2022: $186,629.40
Increase: $16,875.96
% increase: 9.04

Brian Pete, Inspector
2023: $203,172.56
2022: $185,777.96
Increase: $17,394.60
% increase: 9.63

Gregory Sands, Inspector
2023: $204,550.72
2022: $193,378.80
Increase: $11,171.92
% increase: 5.78

Andrew Wilby, Constable
2023: $193,869.20
2022: $170,566.57
Increase: $23,302.63
% increase: 13.66

Kingston Fire & Rescue

A total of 54 Kingston Fire & Rescue (KFR) employees were listed on the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2023, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary. In 2022, two KFR employees (the Fire Chief and the Fire Captain) made more than $170,000 in salary; in 2023, Fire Chief Monique Belair (appointed in March 2023) made substantially less than $170,000 in salary ($141,479.85), and Fire Captain James Hodgins made $167,980.02 in salary — $4,936.99 (or 2.86 per cent) less than the $172,916.99 he made in salary in 2022.

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Three KEDCO employees are listed on the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2023, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary. That accounts for one additional employee added to the list over the two employees listed in 2022, neither of whom made $1700,000 or more in salary that year.

Kingston Frontenac Housing Corporation

Three KFHC employees appear on the list for 2023, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary. This is the same number of KFHC employees listed in 2022, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary that year.

Frontenac County

Editor’s note: While the County of Frontenac listings on the 2023 Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2023 include Frontenac Paramedics and employees at Fairmount Home, none of those employees made $170,000 or more in salary that year.

Kelly Pender, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
2023: $204,259.23
2022: $199,130.89
Increase: $5,128.34
% increase: 2.58

In total, 109 County of Frontenac employees were listed on the 2023 disclosure. Of those, one employee (0.92 per cent of all county employees), CAO Pender, made $170,000 or more in salary.

In 2022, 70 County of Frontenac employees were listed on the disclosure. Of those, one employee (1.43 per cent of all county employees), CAO Pender, made $170,000 or more in salary.

Frontenac Paramedics and Fairmount Home employees

2023

Of the 109 county employees listed, 88 (80.7 per cent) are employed through Frontenac Paramedics, none of whom made $170,000 or more in 2023.
Of the 109 county employees listed, nine (8.3 per cent) are employed through Fairmount Home, none of whom made $170,000 or more in 2023.

2022

Of the 70 county employees listed in 2022, 40 (57.1 per cent) are Frontenac Paramedics, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary.
Of the 70 employees listed in 2022, six (8.6 per cent) are employed through Fairmount Home, none of whom made $170,000 or more in 2023.

South Frontenac Township

Thirteen South Frontenac Township employees appear on the list for 2023, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary. In 2022, seven South Frontenac employees were listed, none of whom earned a salary of $170,000 or greater.

Central Frontenac Township

Four Central Frontenac Township employees are listed on the disclosure for 2023, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary. In 2022, three Central Frontenac employees were listed, none of whom earned a salary of $170,000 or greater.

North Frontenac Township

Of the six North Frontenac Township employees listed on the disclosure for 2023, none made $170,000 or more in salary. In 2022, only one North Frontenac employee made the “sunshine list,” though they did not earn a salary of $170,000 or more.

Loyalist Township

There are 29 Loyalist Township employees listed for 2023, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary. In 2022, there were 25 Loyalist Township employees listed, none of whom made $170,000 or more in salary.

Lennox and Addington County

Editor’s note: While the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure for Lennox and Addington County includes the county’s paramedics and and employees of the John M. Parrott Centre long-term care facility, none of those employees made $170,000 or more in salary in 2023 or 2022.

A total of 31 employees of the County of Lennox and Addington (L&A) were listed on the disclosure for 2023. One of them (3.2 per cent of all L&A County employees) made $170,000 or more in salary.

Of the 32 L&A County employees listed on the 2022 disclosure, one of them (3.1 per cent) made $170,000 or more in salary. The same employee made $170,000 or more both years.

Brenda Orchard
2023: $202,047.69
2022: $198,322.51
Increase: $3,725.18
% increase: 1.88


Stay tuned for Part 2 (health care and social services) and Part 3 (education) of Kingstonist’s 2023 Public Sector Salary Disclosure findings in the days ahead. This article will be updated with links to those article when they are published.

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