Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes announced Tuesday, two days before Christmas, that about 200 appointed state officials will receive an increase in pay on Dec. 26.
The pay increase will go to senior gubernatorial appointees, such as agency heads, their deputies and members of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s staff. The salary increases will range between 3 percent and 12 percent.
About 36 agency heads and deputies received 12 percent increases, including recently reappointed commissioners like Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz, who will see her salary go from $153,831 to $172,291 and Barnes, who will see his salary go from $186,999 to $209,439.
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Funding for these increases was included in the state budget that took effect on July 1. The pay increases will cost about $1.4 million.
“For the last four years, most appointed officials have not seen their salary change as they have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Connecticut families,” Barnes said in a press release. “Because of their hard work, we are seeing the results in many areas, such as a steadily improving economy that’s added over 75,000 jobs since 2011. We want that progress to continue over the next four years and need to be able to attract and retain top-notch talent so our citizens are served by the very best. To do that our salaries must remain competitive with those of other states and the private sector.”