AG King boosts top aides salaries (be sure and read the whole article)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
by KIM CHANDLER and CHARLES J. DEAN
Birmingham News staff writers
Attorney General Troy King used his appointment authority to boost the salaries of top aides, designating one with no legal expertise as a paralegal while dramatically increasing the pay of another just days after that aide finished man aging Kings election campaign. In the case of another aide, King promoted him in steps over nine months from an unpaid summer intern not yet graduated from college to chief aide earning almost as much as entry-level lawyers.
Not receiving raises has not been a problem for another King employee — 24-year-old John W. Godwin. Godwin started working in the attorneys general office as an unpaid intern last summer, when he was a senior at Troy University. Shortly after arriving in Kings office, Godwin was put on the payroll at $10 an hour. Over the next nine months, Godwin rapidly ascended the ladder. In July 2007, King appointed him as a special administrative assistant earning $39,456 a year. He completed his degree in broadcast journalism in December, and on March 27 was named to his current title of executive assistant, a job paying $57,504 annually, according to state records.
"J.W. is an exceptional young man who is the chief aide to the attorney general and who is almost indispensable in terms of the many functions he carries out in this office," Bence said. Bence said Godwins duties include policy research and constituent relations, and he serves as a liaison between the attorney general and the staff. Godwin travels with King as part of his duties, such as accompanying him to this years National Association of Attorneys General Conference.
Any naysayers out there who still think there is nothing to the gay rumors? Anyone still think the media isn't investigating because 'there is nothing there"?
In the last week or so the AP did a story on Troy's extraordinary salary.
The Montgomery Advertiser, The Opelika-Auburn News, The Birmingham News and probably a few others that I have missed have written subsequent editorials about King's salary.
NBC13 asked Troy outright if there was anything to the rumors.
The media is HOT on this story. They are picking away at King's teflon flak jacket little by little. I predict we are mere days away from exposing the pink tutu underneath. I just spoke with a very trusted source who says there are actually pictures that would confirm this without a doubt. Without sounding like some sort of perverted weirdo.... I'd really love to get my hands on those pics. I don't wanna see'um...but damn I wanna see'um!