It must be a tough job dealing with the likes of raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt. From Denis Langlois at the Owen Sound Sun Times:“Dr. Hazel Lynn was Grey-Bruce’s highest-paid public servant in 2012 for the fourth straight year.
The local medical officer of health earned $319,288 last year, 5% more than she received in 2011, according to the latest sunshine list released by the province Thursday.
More than 225 people in Grey-Bruce are on the 2012 Public Sector Disclosure, which is made up of civil servants who received more than $100,000.
Seventy-six employees with the Bluewater District School Board made the list, along with 34 from Grey Bruce Health Services, 31 from the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board, 15 from Grey County, 14 from the County of Bruce and four from the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
The list includes local MPPs, justices, Crown attorneys, registered nurses, teachers and firefighters.
Grey Bruce Health Services CEO Maureen Solecki was the second-highest paid local public servant on the list, receiving a salary of $266,437 in 2012. Local Justice Julia Morneau received $264,832 last year….”
The Bovine reported back in November of 2009 about Dr. Hazel Lynn’s pay raise of $100,000. That brought her salary at the time to $275,000. Note that this story says it’s the fourth straight year she’s been the highest paid. At the time, it really did seem like the dramatic pay raise could have something to do with the added stress she might be under on account of the Michael Schmidt case. Even the government doesn’t go around handing out $100,000 pay raises to already highly paid civil servants for no reason. So perhaps if it hadn’t been for Michael Schmidt and his raw milk ruckus, someone else would now be the highest paid public servant in Grey Bruce.
Of course the bigger picture is that the cost of Dr. Hazel Lynn’s “raise” ($400,000 over four years, and counting) is very probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much public money has been spent (some would say wasted) prosecuting the raw milk issue in Ontario.