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Governor’s Office Releases Salary List

In an apparent move to increase the transparency of his administration, Gov. Brian Sandoval released today the annual salaries of his staff. His 17 staff positions, one of which is vacant, consume about $1 million of the governor’s executive budget.
His highest paid employee, Chief of Staff Heidi Gansert, will earn $124,988 this year. The lowest paid, Celia Magana, is an administrative assistant in Las Vegas earning $29,984.
Sandoval himself earns $141,000 per year, equivalent to what former Gov. Jim Gibbons earned this past year, since he earlier said he would forgo an $8,500 pay raise.

The governor had earlier encouraged other elected officials to voluntarily forfeit a 6 percent pay raise tied to cost of living increases. This is in addition to a 4.6 percent pay reduction all state workers are currently taking through a one-day-a-month furlough.
As Cy Ryan reported in the Las Vegas Sun, State Controller Kim Wallin and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto elected to keep the 6 percent raise while still taking the 4.6 percent pay reduction.
The salary release from the governor’s office is below (to view as a .pdf, click here):

EMPLOYEE
ANNUAL SALARY
POSITION
LOCATION

Heidi Gansert
$124,988
Chief of Staff
Carson City

Dale Erquiaga
$119,997
Senior Advisor
Carson City

Ann Wilkinson*
$103,815
Deputy Chief of Staff
Carson City

Lucas Foletta
$89,993
General Counsel
Carson City

Carrie Lipparelli*
$67,692
Executive Assistant
Carson City

Christina Davis*
$57,774
Constituent Services
Carson City

Mary-Sarah Kinner
$74,980
Press Secretary
Carson City

Dana Bennett
$48,997
Senior Researcher (P/T)
Carson City

Judy Osgood
$48,997
Policy Analyst (P/T)
Carson City

VACANT
$40,000
Legislative Coordinator
Carson City

Rebecca Josten
$37, 981
Admin Assistant
Carson City

Tyler Klimas
$33,993
Admin Assistant
Carson City

Danny Miller
$33,993
Admin Assistant
Carson City

Tawny Polito
$32,000
Admin Assistant
Carson City

Terri Janison
$89,993
Community Relations
Las Vegas

Annalyn Bo Carrillo
$59,988
Boards & Commissions
Las Vegas

Celia Magana
$29,984
Admin Assistant
Las Vegas

Asterisk denotes employer paid retirement.
All staff is subject to 4.6 percent reduction from these salaries for furloughs.

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