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Jacques Dubé

Outgoing chief administrative officer Jacques Dubé got a raise last year, putting his total compensation over $300,000 for the first time.

Halifax released its 2022 sunshine list on Tuesday, showing the employees who earned more than $100,000 last fiscal year.

The list, posted online, contains 1,117 employees, including those at Halifax Water and Halifax Public Libraries. Listed are their names, business units, positions, salaries, other benefits, and total compensation.

Other benefits are not health benefits or overtime, but rather “retiring allowance, parking, vehicle allowance, educational reimbursement, gift & award top up, clothing allowance, boot allowance, professional dues reimbursement, and taxable benefits.” The list covers the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.

Police make up 41% of the list, with 459 making more than $100,000. That’s the largest share of any one business unit or department. The second largest share is the fire department, with 402 employees on the list, 36%.

The top 10 highest paid employees in HRM in fiscal 2022 are as follows:

  1. Chief administrative officer Jacques Dubé with $313,225.08 in total compensation, up 5% from last year’s $298,163.57
  2. Halifax Water general manager Cathie O’Toole with $260,327.15, up 3.6% from last year’s $251,362.85
  3. Halifax Regional Police Chief Dan Kinsella with $258,586.35, up 1.8% from last year’s $253,946.39
  4. Municipal solicitor John Traves with $248,692.46, up 3.7% from last year’s $239,725.34
  5. Transportation and Public Works executive director Brad Anguish with $247,300.93, up 6% from last year’s $233,334.08
  6. Deputy CAO of citizen services Denise Schofield with $228,603.19, up 13.9% from last year’s $200,789.22 (as director of Parks and Recreation)
  7. Deputy CAO of corporate services Caroline Blair-Smith with $227,527.34, up 13.6% from last year’s $200,309.24 (as chief human resources officer)
  8. Cogswell Interchange redevelopment project manager Anthony Spinelli with $224,943.67, up 5.4% from last year’s $213,341.97
  9. Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Chief Ken Stuebing with $216,667.15, up 3.7% from last year’s $208,907.08
  10. Planning and Development executive director Kelly Denty with $216,491.62, up 4.9% from last year’s $206,364.67

While Dubé cleared the $300,000 mark for the first time, it’s not the first time someone in his position has done so. His predecessor, Richard Butts, made $346,336.71 in total compensation in fiscal 2015-2016.

As the Halifax Examiner reported in May, Dubé will leave the post at the end of the calendar year.

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Zane Woodford

Zane Woodford is the Halifax Examiner’s municipal reporter. He covers Halifax City Hall and contributes to our ongoing PRICED OUT housing series. Twitter @zwoodford

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