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The sun shines in on public sector spending

Woolwich and Wellesley townships contributed eight members to a list of almost 3,600 people in the region who earned more than $100,000 on the public payroll in 2014.

Across the province, the list — which includes doctors, nurses, teachers, police and firefighters in addition to civil servants — grew by 14 per cent to 111,440 names. The provincially mandated salary information was released last week.

In Woolwich, chief administrative officer David Brenneman was the highest paid of township employees, taking in $143,939.77. Director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley, was paid $111,222.75, the same as director of finance/treasurer Richard Petherick, director of recreation and facilities Karen Makelan and townhip fire chief Rick Pedersen. The mid-year departure of director of council and information services/clerk Christine Broughton dropped that position from the list.

Public works supervisor Barry Baldasaro came in at $104,787.36, while the list was rounded out by manager of engineering Richard Sigurdson, who was paid $103,700.78.

In Wellesley, chief administrative officer Will McLaughlin was the sole member of the list, earning $120,362.65.

At the Region of Waterloo, there were 238 people among those paid more than $100,000 by taxpayers, up from 225 the year before. The list includes Chair Ken Seiling at $160,501.19. The Waterloo Regional Police provided 403 names to the list, an increase from 383 the year previous.

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