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Sunshine list reveals top government earners

Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque made 23 per cent more in 2016 than he did in 2015.
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Police Chief J.P. Levesque. (FILE)

THUNDER BAY – It appears top Thunder Bay Police Service officials did quite well for themselves in 2016.

According to Ontario’s most recent public sector salary disclosure list, released on Friday by the province, Police Chief J.P. Levesque made $247,156 in 2016, a 23 per cent increase over the $200,916 he made in 2015.

Former Deputy Chief Andy Hay, who has since retired, earned $255,770, 44.8 per cent more than the $176,551 he took home the year before.

Topping this year’s local education is once again Lakehead University president Brian Stevenson, whose salary remained relatively stagnant in 2016 at $361,285, a little more than $1,000 more than he earned the previous calendar year.

His Confederation College counterpart Jim Madder made the same as he did in 2016, $225,923.

Newly installed Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre president and CEO Jean Bartkowiak made $340,055, while St. Joseph’s Care Group president and CEO Tracy Buckler made $315,134, a modest $3,138 more than last year. Laura Kokocinski, who heads the North West Local Health Integration Network, earned $310,656.

None of the three made as much as John Haggarty, the senior medical director of addictions and mental health, who earned $367,073.

The top municipal earner was city manager Norm Gale, who was paid $236,241.

Fire Chief John Hay made $161,687.

Local MPPs Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro, both cabinet members in the Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne’s government, each took home $165,851.

On the education front, Lakehad Public Schools’ director of education was paid $198,477 in 2016, slightly more than $1,000 more than he made the year before, while his Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board counterpart Pino Tassone made $172,081, a $5 raise over 2015.

Of note, Lakehead University had 319 employees make this year’s list, 19 more than the 300 in 2015.

The City of Thunder Bay had 312 make the list in 2016. That's 78 more than last year, a 33 per cent increase.

Ontario-wide, 123,572 people made the latest Sunshine List, up from 115,920 a year ago. 

The entire list can be found here.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith has been the editor of Thunder Bay Source for 17 years and has served a similar role with since 2009. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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