March 10, 2010

Correction: Salary figures in veterans affairs story were wrong

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow said salary figures quoted in yesterday’s story about the department were inaccurate.

Chow said his own salary is $101,000, not the $80,160 mentioned in the story – a number obtained in listing of the salaries of cabinet secretaries by the Governor’s Compensation Commission.

The base salary of Chow’s chief of staff, Jerry Boden, is $117,751.  With fringe benefits, that comes to the $145,000 figure used in the story.

Chow’s numbers were confirmed by personnel detail in the state budget books.

Therefore Boden’s salary is only about 15 percent higher than the secretary he serves, not 80 percent higher, as the story initially said.