Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Wages of Sin pay pretty damned good!

Seems yet another shoe has fallen in the Rosenthal scandal. Seems Rosenthal gave his former lover, and current "Executive Assistant", a merit raise that went into effect Saturday. Now mind you, she is ALREADY paid more than most people in a similar position elsewhere. She also gets a County owned and fueled/maintained car to drive around too. The normal procedure for merit raises in the DA's office is for them to be recommended by a committee of top supervisors. But that was not the case here, Rosenthal himself signed off on this raise. How much of a raise you might ask? $11,000 a year, bringing her salary to $89K a year (plus the car). That works out to be a 14% raise.

Chuck step down. Step down right now. You have officially jumped the shark.


Anonymous Ride said...

I was agog when I heard this in the news and read it in the Chronicle. Last I heard she is the 12th highest paid court personnel performing in similar positions. Or something to that effect. (Performing?)


January 25, 2008 7:46 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

I believe with the raise she is now the fourth highest paid executive assistant in Harris County Government.

Now mind you, nobody in the office had gotten a raise in some years, so I'm not altogether sure this is not on the up and up, but the simple fact of the matter is that her prior (and current?) relationship with her direct supervisor puts EVERYTHING done in a bad light. You can no longer separate legitimate actions and those that are preferential. He should NEVER have been allowed to have his former lover working directly under him (so to speak).

January 25, 2008 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Ride said...


He should NEVER have been allowed to have his former lover working directly under him (so to speak).



Rorsch, the only time in my career that I ever "earned" that kind of percentage raise was by moving onto another company. Most employers cannot afford (nor justify) that kind of salary increase. I blame the county commissioners to some degree for allowing salaries to get so far out of line that they had to "go overboard" to catch up with the private sector. It's true in any profession, you get what you pay for, but 90K/yr for an executive assistant? In the public sector? Who takes "naps" on her bosses couch?

That's just wrong!

January 25, 2008 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet he's thinking he won't be in that position much longer, so he gave her a raise while he still can.

January 25, 2008 12:10 PM  

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