Communicating the Wrong Message
How can a struggling Rhode Islander not shake his or her head every time this subject comes up?
The [Emergency Management Agency] EMA, charged with cutting $200,000, was struggling to meet the figure because the agency had gained an employee from, of all places, the governor’s office.
Steve Kass, the former radio talk show host who later served as the governor’s communications director, became the EMA’s communications coordinator in the spring of 2008. At the time, a Carcieri spokesman said Kass was being loaned to the agency, but the governor’s office continued to pay half his salary until September of this year, when the full cost was transferred to the EMA.
Todd Tinkham, chief financial officer for the adjutant general’s office, estimated the cost of the position at $100,000.
Sounds like the EMA has a high-cost employee that it’s not empowered to lay off. Just like Rhode Island, isn’t it? However dedicated we are, individually, to the welfare of the state, our own cliques always come first, even to the extent of six-figure salaries. I know; I know; government is really public service.