An N&O article Saturday noted the raises House Speaker Thom Tillis gave some of his staff in the last few months.
The article was a follow-up to a Tillis and Phil Berger interview with editorial writers and reporters in January, where they discussed their intent to have lower staff costs than their predecessors'.
Tillis said he would come in at 17 percent lower than Joe Hackney, and Berger said he would cut 10 percent from Marc Basnight's employee costs. What they said about staff salaries is in the bottom half of the January article.
Here's a comparison of House Speaker staff salaries. Senate details will be in a future post.
Tillis' staff as of June 7, 2011, total compensation.
Abigail Blackwell, Administrative Assistant, $30,000
Charles Duckett, Director of Admin. Boards and Commissions, $79,170
Bruce Goforth, Policy Adviser, $62,880
Christopher Hayes, Policy Adviser, $82,000
Amy Hobbs, Policy Adviser, $82,000
Susan Horne, Assistant for Constituent Services, $51,480
Jason Kay, General Counsel, $140,000
Wanda Kay, House Caucus Assistant, $40,000
Michael Luethy, $70,000
Dodie Renfer, Director of Operations, $70,000
Jordan Shaw, Director of Communications, $65,000
Katherine Sullivan, Policy Assistant, $36,000
Charles Thomas, Chief of Staff, $150,000
Rhonda Todd, Executive Assistant, $71,071.12
Renee Weaver, House Staff Clerk, $35,525
Tillis total, $1,065,126.12
Joe Hackney staff compensation, July 1, 2010.
This accounts for people employed by former House Speaker Joe Hackney on July 1, 2010. A direct comparison with the Tillis payroll is difficult because Hackney had part-timers who worked for a few hours a day or a few days a week.
The Saturday story assumed all worked full time, and as a result, the Hackney total is higher than the actual.
Nonpartisan General Assembly staff said in January that Hackney's payroll came to about $807,000 last year when the office was fully staffed.
Zadia Brown, Assistant for Constituent Services, $53,841
Kathryn Bruckner, Administrative Assistant, $30,000
Lesley Cates, Assistant for Budget, $51,687.36
Laura DeVivo, Senior Policy Adviser, $134,387.16
Emily Freeman, Executive Assistant, $82,940
William Holmes, Communications Director, $84,255
Yancey Huie, Tax Counsel, $131,172.52
Robin Johnson, General Counsel, $136,917.40
Andrew Korostynski, Legislative Assistant, $30,116
Eugene LaVange, Director, Boards and Commissions, $83,600
Meredith Swindell, Executive Assistant, $52,568.52
Susan Buehlmann, Reception, $33,801.90
Lucille Thompson, Assistant, Boards and Commissions, $64,587.50
Hackney total, $969,874.36
Corrections: Goforth's first name. (First name is Daniel, goes by Bruce.) Updates Renfer and Sullivan titles.