More than 90 per cent of money budgeted for the City of Brantford's police and fire services pays for salaries and benefits, a fact reflected in the 2012 sunshine list, released last week by the provincial Ministry of Finance.
The list, which must be made public under provincial legislation, details the 114 city employees who took home more than $100,000 in salary and benefits last year. Of those, 47 are police officers and 30 are employed by the fire department.
Police chief Jeff Kellner's compensation of $197,898.43 was second only to Ted Salisbury, the city's chief administrative officer, who again topped the list after being paid $212,611 in wages and benefits in 2012.
Deputy police chief Geoff Nelson took the third spot at $172,970.85.
The list includes high-ranking police brass as well as 22 sergeants and 13 constables.
Fire chief Jeff McCormick's $149,300.92 salary ranked eighth on the list. Twenty fire captains earned more than $100,000 last year, largely owing to back pay ordered by an arbitrator in 2011.
To compare, last year 36 police officers and just eight members of the fire service made the list.
Rounding out the top 10 are the city's chief civil servants, including general managers Dan Temprile, Geoff Rae, Darryl Lee and Gregory Dworak, income and employment support director Jo Atanas and treasurer Catherine Brubacher.
The 11th-highest paid municipal employee last year was former city solicitor Larry Tansley, who made $144,449.25. The search for Tansley's replacement continues.
There are 37 more people on the sunshine list this year as compared to 2011.