The News Journal reports on Wednesday that Vince Meconi, the social services secretary under former governor Minner, remains on the state payroll as a consultant, pulling down a nice $6093.75 a month for his work. The News Journal states
Not only is Meconi collecting $6,093.75 every month for his work in the governor’s office, he is also drawing $7,633.56 every month in pension payments as a retiree from the state.
Between his pension and current salary, Meconi’s annual take would be $164,728, compared with the $143,100 he made his last year as the secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services.
Why was he hired? The News Journal explains:
[Governor] Markell hired Meconi in March to work as someone with “extreme expertise in the inner workings of government” to obtain the maximum amount of federal stimulus funds, Joe Rogalsky, the governor’s spokesman, said at the time.
Maybe Markell was right in hiring Meconi. It would seem that with his “extreme expertise in the inner workings of government” he was able to keep his post over at Department of Health and Social Services, despite the problems at the Delaware State Psychiatric Center. Treasurer Markell had concerns with Meconi, but now Governor Markell sees him as an asset for the state’s management of the money from the so-called stimulus package. But really, is anyone surprised at this?
Furthemore, State Rep. Greg Lavelle states in a press release:
“When that hiring was made in March, the governor’s spokesman said it was on ‘a part-time, temporary basis’ that would last three months. We’re well past that and now they’re saying there’s no ‘firm deadline.’”
Some were relieved with Meconi’s departure. Now it looks like we’re stuck with him again, and paying him good money for it too.
Update: The link to the release was added, and this important issue was republished so it could get the attention it deserves.