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More Hamiltonians join $100,000 club

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 Hamilton’s health care leaders continue to be the top public sector earners in the city last year, according to documents released by the government.

Murray Martin, president and chief executive officer of Hamilton Health Sciences earned $695,065 in 2013, while Kevin Smith, the chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare pocketed $647,069.80. Mark Farrow, president of McMaster University’s Children’s Hospital took home $400,847.89, and Teresa Smith, president of Hamilton General Hospital received $355,034.75.

For municipal employees – including fire, police, emergency service personnel, and city workers – another 30 people were added to the Public Sector Disclosure Act, more commonly called the Sunshine List for a total of 848 in 2013 compared to a year earlier. Over half of the municipal list, about 460, was municipal employees, minus the police staff. In 2011, there were 749 city employees earning $100,000 or over.

The documents were released March 28.

City Manager Chris Murray remains the highest earner from the city at $249,788.83, slightly ahead of Elizabeth Richardson, the medical officer of health, at $240,253.14.

General Manager of Economic Development and Planning, Joe-Ann Priel earned $192,129.34, followed by the associate medical officer of health, Ninh Tran, at $185,969.74.

Other seniorHamiltonemployees earning high salaries include Helen Tomasik, the executive director of human resources at $173,284.05, Gerry Davis, general manager of public works at $187,443.03, and Don Hull, director of transit at $160,535.06.

Hamilton Police Chief Glenn DeCaire, who has announced he is leaving the city at the end of the year, earned $228,519.20, while the fire chief, Robert Simmonds, took home $172,617.29.

Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina’s chief of staff, Peggy Chapman earned $127,343.58. A couple of years ago, Bratina defended how much money he was paying Chapman as councillors attempted to censure the mayor for his actions.

Hamiltonpolice officer David Doel, who was facing 14 counts of misconduct under the Police Act, earned $134,530.24. While he fought the charges, Doel collected his salary, but he abruptly announced his retirement last November six months shy of receiving his full benefit package.

As for the education sector, Patrick Deane, president ofMcMasterUniversityearned $387,287.20, while Rob MacIsaac, president of Mohawk College collected $275,515.20.

The former Mike Harris Progressive Conservative government introduced the act in 1996, but there have been some calls for the $100,000 threshold to be increased to reflect the inflationary jump over the last 18 years.

The Bank of Canada says that $100,000 in 1996 is worth about $141,000 today, while $71,000 in 1996 would be worth about $100,000 in 2014.

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