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11.21.2008

 

Gov's new spokesman

Stephen Wark will move across State Street from the Department of Public Service to the Pavilion office building where he will become director of communications for the governor.

Sounds like being an Eagle Scout is one of the criteria for a job with Douglas.

Wark, 45, of Colchester, has been director of consumer affairs and public service with the Department of Public Service, as well as the director of the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Vermont, Champlain College and Vermont Technical College. He served for twenty years with the Burlington Police Department, and retired in 2006 as deputy chief. He and his wife Wendy have two daughters, Caitlin and Amanda.

Wark succeeds Jason Gibbs, an Eagle Scout, who was recently appointed Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Gibbs leaves the governor's office this afternoon and will report to Waterbury on Monday.

Wark has been earning $83,408 over the public service department.
Gibbs has been paid $75,025 most recently for his work for the governor.

-- Nancy Remsen

Comments:
What justifies these outrageous salaries??

Seriously, the average salary of a Douglas administration official is by far the highest of any administration in history.

Jim Douglas spends taxpayer money like there is an endless supply.
 
Plus, he is in the top 10 most highly paid governor's in the country. Fiscal conservative my ass!
 
That only applies to other people and his own money.
 
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....who? Yeah, okay.
 
Anonymous said...

"My money is on Jim Barnett"

It was gonna be your money now matter where the wheel stopped. Just like it's mine.

Even though it's Wark, Barnett either placed or showed, so ya finished in the money.

Well, if nothin' else, we know what doogie's not gonna propose to cut.
 
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