Chafee announces staff and their salaries

Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee announced an initial 25-person full-time staff Friday, down from the 45 that's currently budgeted.

The highest-paid staff member is Patrick Rogers, his chief of staff and executive counsel.  He'll be paid $197,448 annually. 

The total staff payroll is more than $1.9 million.

“I feel confident that my staff will be a model of efficiency and productivity,” Chafee said.  “Our state is in a fiscal crisis, and bearing in mind our sizeable deficit and the difficult economic times, I want my office to set an example for frugality and efficiency in state government.  We will have fewer employees, but we have a talented team who will work hard to accomplish more with less. Pat Rogers, for example, will be taking on what are normally two full-time positions, as will Mike Trainor.  This will lead to considerable savings.”

Here's the staff list and their annual salaries:

Robert Albee

constituent affairs analyst

35,619

Joseph Alston

senior legal assistant

70,565

Tony Aristy

receptionist/greeter

45,043

Susan Bernstein

policy and legislative analyst

45,043

Andrew Braca

research associate

35,619

Lincoln Chafee

Governor

117,817

John Cucco

communications analyst

45,043

Brian Daniels

director of policy

89,970

Christine DiFilippo

executive assistant

76,648

Donna Dell'Aquila

executive assistant

85,256

Anita Flax

policy and legislative analyst

45,043

Stephen Hourahan

senior advisor to the Governor

145,028

William Kinsella

director of constituent services

45,043

Lori Lee

executive assistant to the Governor

85,609

Ivan Marte

assistant to the governor

45,043

Cara McAllister

scheduler

45,043

Stephen McAllister

policy and legislative analyst

45,043

Jamia McDonald

deputy chief of staff

133,596

Kenneth Procaccini

policy and legislative analyst

45,043

Claire Richards

senior legal counsel

116,145

Patrick Rogers

 

chief of staff & executive counsel to the governor

197,448

Catherine Cool Rumsey

assistant to the governor

50,355

Janice Sassi

administrative assistant

35,619

Jonathan Stevens

special projects manager

89,970

Michael Trainor

director of communications & press secretary

129,235

Christian Vareika

communications analyst

45,043