The County's 2016 budget package anticipated salaries and
benefits to be $355K. This included three FTE's consisting of a
Director of Legal Services, a Law Clerk and an Administrative
Assistant. Administration costs were expected to be $62K.
Ms. Walpole was not listed on the 2016 Sunshine List for
servants paid $100,000 or more - though her annually salary tops $100k.
Mr. Green made the list at $128,968.
In her first year round-up report to County councillors
included on next Tuesday's meeting agenda, legal services are divided
into three categories: general; real estate/social housing; and
"A rough estimate indicates that the equivalent legal services
being completed by external legal counsel would have cost over
$800,000. In contrast, the cost to the County to operate the Legal
Services Department from April 2016 to March 2017 was approximately
$536,000," according to Ms. Walpole.
"Second, in-house legal counsel has been able to respond more quickly
and efficiently to legal issues as they arise. For example, when the
County was made aware that an OMB hearing dealing with an aggregate
application in Dufferin County, in which a proposed settlement would
designate a haul route through Simcoe County, Legal Services quickly
mobilized to bring a motion at the settlement hearing, which granted
the County party status and allowed the County to argue against the