Gray Hires More Senior Staffers than Fenty and Pays Them More

February 21, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray has hired more senior staffers than his predecessor and is paying his top managers tens of thousands more a year amid city employee furloughs and looming budget cuts.  Only a handful of executive office employees are making less than their counterparts in the administration of former mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) – and others are being paid more than city salary caps allow.

Gray’s chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall, received a 25 percent salary increase to $200,000 a year, putting her over a $193,125 cap for her job category; Linda Wharton-Boyd, his communications director, is getting $160,000 – $40,000 more than her predecessor. Budget director Eric Goulet, who has the added title of deputy chief of staff, has a salary of $152,240 – about $27,000 more than his predecessor. In addition, several other employees now earn five figures more than the people who held the positions before them.

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