- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A review of Oregon’s database of state employee salaries shows that sometimes, the directors of tiny departments get paid more than the governor.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1lA1fO7 ) that the state’s best paid agency head is Nancy Golden, who makes $225,000 leading the 12 employees at the Oregon Education Investment Board. The Department of Administrative Services says the salary includes a bump added to make the position more competitive.

Gov. John Kitzhaber makes $98,600 - less than most of the state’s agency directors, in spite of leading the state’s entire executive branch. He makes less than the directors of the Commission for the Blind, the Psychiatric Security Review Board, the Board of Dentistry, the Oregon State Library and many more.

Rob Saxton, director of the Department of Education, makes $189,996. He is the third-highest paid agency director, even though his agency is the state’s 18th largest.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com