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MacNamara to earn $189k as Rick Scott's chief of staff

Steve MacNamara will earn $189,000 in his new role as Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff.

While Scott was the main driver in a 3 percent cut in take-home pay for state workers this year, MacNamara's salary is a 26 percent increase over what former chief Mike Prendergast earned and more than the top aides for governors in California, Texas and New York.

Scott's press office points out that it is not the top salary in state government. True. According to the database of state salaries Scott published, there are at least six men earn more: the head of the board of governors, the chancellor of Florida colleges, the Citrus Commission director and three doctors in the Department of Children & Families. (A seventh probably will be new Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, but his pay hasn't been finalized.)

It's quite possible that MacNamara has a longer resume in Tallahassee than any of the seven men named above. But that's another interesting nugget in this hire: Scott's campaign for governor was aimed directly at the state's political establishment. Few Floridians have wired the political institutions in the state capitol better than MacNamara.

Scott's official press release:

Gov. Scott taps Florida political veteran Stephen MacNamara as Chief of Staff

Continuing his quest to turn Florida’s economy around and make the state number one for job creation, Governor Rick Scott today named Professor Stephen R. MacNamara as his new Chief of Staff.

“My goal is to make Florida the number one state in the country for job creation, and I believe Steve MacNamara is the best choice to direct my team in that endeavor,” said Governor Scott. “His experience and political skill will be an asset to all Floridians as we continue to position Florida as an economic leader.”

Prior to joining the administration, Steve served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Senate President Mike Haridopolos, and also served as Chief of Staff for former House Speaker John Thrasher. Under Governor Bob Martinez, Steve served as Secretary the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Outside of state government, Steve served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University, and past Executive Director of both the Claude Pepper Center and the Claude Pepper Foundation, and the LeRoy Collins Center for Public Policy. He most recently was an Associate Professor of Communication and specialized in mass media law, political communication, and strategy.

Steve will take over as Chief of Staff on July 5th, and assume responsibility for policy, communications and administrative functions with the Executive Office of the Governor.

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