Oh Come On
There’s surely an explanation for this that would have merit in less strapped times, but as far as I can see, it’s difficult to justify given current circumstances:
Steve Kass, a former radio talk-show host and governor’s director of communications, is now the spokesman for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
At $126,541, Kass will make about $50,000 more than the new executive director of the agency and nearly three times as much as its current spokeswoman. …
…Candidates were interviewed this week for the executive director’s job, which pays $74,168 to $85,220.
Bray said Kass would be spokesman for the EMA and occasionally, himself. The Rhode Island National Guard already has a spokesman and a public affairs team. Kass takes over from Brittan Bates, the current EMA spokeswoman, who is paid about $47,000 and will continue coordinating the agency’s training exercises.
Based on periodic experience and conversations with Kass during his radio host days, I like the guy and think his judgment generally sound, but are high-dollar communications professionals really a priority during our pitfall toward billion-dollar deficits? At the very least, shouldn’t a governor currently facing the collapse of his state — even if others had more to do with that state of affairs than he — be extremely concerned about appearances’ ability to undermine his battle against the corrupt and bloated status quo?