13 of Governor McKee’s top executives to earn six-figure salaries
PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Thirteen of those originally hired to work in Gov. Dan McKee’s office will be paid six-figure salaries, Rhode Island’s new leader said on Wednesday.
McKee has released a partial list of salaries for its senior executives, which includes a total of 34 people from the state’s private and public sectors. Annual salaries range from nearly $ 200,000 to around $ 26,000.
“I am fortunate to have recruited a highly professional team of talented, experienced individuals with diverse perspectives and a shared passion for public service,” McKee said in a statement Tuesday. He will earn $ 145,755 per year as governor.
Former state budget manager Thomas Mullaney, who has temporarily joined McKee’s administration as a senior adviser, has the highest annual salary, totaling nearly $ 200,000.
Mullaney is followed by McKee Chief of Staff Anthony Silva ($ 187,421), Executive Advisor Claire Richards ($ 164,079), Deputy Chief of Staff Antonio Afonso ($ 162,045) and Deputy Chief of Staff Christopher Abhulime ($ 154,198). ).
An analysis of former Governor Gina Raimondo’s Target 12 executive salaries shows that McKee offered her employees roughly the same amount or a little less for most positions. Raimondo had 38 staff in his office as of Jan. 29, according to a list provided last week.
Salaries provided by McKee’s office on Wednesday do not include other types of pay for government employees, such as longevity pay. A spokeswoman said she had requested this information from the state’s human resources office and would provide it once it is available.
Here’s a full list of McKee’s senior executives, along with their salaries:
- Christopher Abhulime, Deputy Chief of Staff – $ 154,198
- Antonio Afonso, Senior Deputy Chief of Staff – $ 162,045
- Kim Ahern, Director of Policy and Senior Counsel – $ 129,023
- Suzanne Augenstein, Director of Executive Operations – $ 78,673
- Guerline Aurelus, Director of Client Services – $ 78,673
- David Barricelli Jr., Constituent Services Associate – $ 48,307
- Jonathan Bissonnette, Writer and Content Manager – $ 55,677
- Joseph Casoli, Governor’s Office Liaison Officer – $ 26,000
- Cheyenne Cazeault, Policy Advisor – $ 62,339
- Alana Cerrone-O’Hare, press officer – $ 90,487
- Eileen Cheng, associate lawyer – $ 139,085
- Tara Chicharro, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff – $ 70,039
- Rosa DeCastillo, Director of Community Affairs and Outreach – $ 93,766
- Ronald Desiderato, Special Assistant to the Governor – $ 78,055 (loaned by the Department of Administration)
- Tabatha Dube, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff – $ 70,039
- Craig Dwyer, Director of Appointments – $ 93,766
- Christopher Farrell, Senior Advisor to the Governor – $ 123,982
- Paulette Hamilton, Director of Municipal Affairs – $ 93,766
- Kevin Horan, Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs – $ 123,982
- Corey Jones, Policy Advisor – $ 58,119
- Lexi Kriss, Assistant Director of Communications – $ 90,378
- Christine Lopes Metcalfe, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Education – $ 155,225 (on loan from the Rhode Island Department of Education)
- Brenna McCabe, Senior Advisor to the Governor – $ 149,163
- Meredith McKenna, Legal Administrator – $ 78,673
- Thomas Mullaney, Senior Advisor – $ 199,794 (loaned by the Office of Management and Budget)
- Andrea Palagi, Director of Communications – $ 118,946
- Joseph Polisena Jr., assistant political lawyer – $ 93,766
- Claire Richards, Executive Lawyer – $ 164,079
- Victoria Scott, Policy Advisor – $ 58,119
- Anthony Silva, Chief of Staff – $ 187,421
- Joy Vaudreuil, Director of Planning – $ 78,673
- Americo Vota, Deputy Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs – $ 113,911
McKee also announced a new position since Tuesday:
- Jennifer Fondeur, Office Manager – $ 70,960
He also provided an update:
- Becky Rodrigues, special assistant to the deputy chief of staff (formerly appointed chief of staff) – $ 73,448.18 (loaned by the human resources department)