Correction: Salary figures in veterans affairs story were wrong

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.

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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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