- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Public concerns are being raised about the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s proposal to create three high-paying jobs as part of a reorganization plan.

Grant Dugarian, the owner of a Providence clothing business, called it “troubling” that DOT was seeking to create chief of staff, communications director and policy director positions. Two of the jobs could pay as much as $112,643 a year, while the chief of staff position could pay as much as $131,715 annually.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1QD6sI8 ) reported Dugarian questioned the cost at a public hearing held Friday.

A number of former DOT employees have played the role of chief of staff, but their titles did not exactly match.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced in late September an overhaul of the state’s transportation bureaucracy, which she called “dysfunctional.”

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