Toronto: Sunshine List shows 40 per cent of police employees earned $100,000-plus in 2012


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Toronto Police Service employees are earning more at a time when city departments are being pushed hard to find savings and cap their budgets.

In 2012, a total of 3,181 Toronto police employees — about 40 per cent of the police payroll — earned more than $100,000. That’s a huge jump from 2011, when only 2,027 employees took home more than $100,000.

The employees’ names, along with the value of their salaries and benefits, appear on the Sunshine List, an annual list of public servants who earn more than $100,000 a year.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said the explanation lies in a collective agreement negotiated by the Toronto Police Services Board and Toronto Police Association.

Toronto Police
Toronto Police

“As annual increases kick in . . . more and more people are brought within the Sunshine List without working any overtime,” Pugash said.

For example, a detective’s base salary was $98,030 to $105,803 in 2012, Pugash said, before working a minute of overtime for things such as attending court. Pugash said overtime was slashed by 15 per cent in 2012 over 2011.

A calendar quirk also played a role in the sudden uptick. Every 11 years, employees end up getting their biweekly pay 27 times instead of 26. Because they got their final 2012 pay on Dec. 31, a couple of hundred employees just made it over the $100,000 threshold.

The Toronto Police Services Board will discuss the list during its Wednesday meeting.

Top-paid police employees 2012

Chief Bill Blair: $367,719.94 in salary, $3,006.72 in benefits.

Deputy chief Peter Sloly: $255,499.83 in salary, $2,092.15 in benefits.

Chief administrative officer Tony Veneziano: $254,143.85 in salary, $13,618.50 in benefits.

Deputy chief Michael Federico: $243,469.38 in salary, $15,218.59 in benefits.

Director of human resources Aileen Alberta Ashman: $211,089.35 in salary, $1,164.17 in benefits.

Deputy chief Mark Saunders: $201,916.98 in salary, $10,965.52 in benefits.

Staff superintendent Jane Wilcox: $196,479.08 in salary, $10,163.76 in benefits.

Director of corporate communications Mark Pugash: $190,198.32 in salary, $9,002.15 in benefits.

Director of corporate services Kristine Jean Kijewski: $187,568.61 in salary, $1,088.82 in benefits.

Staff superintendent Kimberley Sara Greenwood: $187,100.31 in salary, $10,622.31 in benefits.

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