- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s new corrections director will get a pay bump over his predecessors for a job likely to require major prison reforms.

The governor’s office released salaries Friday for its new hires. Scott Frakes will earn $180,000 a year as corrections director, up from the $119,000 annual salary earned by predecessor Mike Kenney. Kenney’s predecessor, Bob Houston, was paid $130,000 a year.

Nebraska has faced criticism for its handling of prison sentences and its use of segregation and various inmate-release programs. Frakes worked for 32 years in Washington state’s correction department.

The governor’s office says Department of Economic Development director Brenda Hicks-Sorensen will make $145,000. Chief operating officer Felix Davidson will earn $135,000. Sharon Rues Pettid will make $120,000 as the governor’s human resources coordinator.

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