It’s official. Republican Rep. Charlie Collins, defeated for re-election by Democrat Denise Garner, won’t stop receiving a state paycheck when he leaves office at the end of the year. As I’d mentioned was a possibility before, he’s going to work for the Department of Finance and Administration.
He will be a budget and policy manager for the Department of Finance and Administration and be paid $95,381, more than doubling his legislative pay of $41,394, not counting per diem, and upping his potential public retirement benefits substantially because they are pegged to highest paying public jobs. In private life, he’d also worked for a personnel recruiting firm that specialized in finding people for Walmart and Sam’s Club jobs.
Spokesman Scott Hardin said Collins “will perform professional analysis and research of complex and critical issues that impact the state budget, regulation or policy. With knowledge of the budget from a legislative perspective and years of experience at Fortune 500 companies, along with an undergraduate degree in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.A. in Quantitative Economics from George Washington University, he brings a unique skill set to DFA. In this position.”
He goes to work Jan. 2.
When I reported the rumor about Collins joining a parade of former Republican legislators to higher-paying state jobs, I mentioned a rumor also that Republican legislator Duncan Baird, who is