Raises quietly handed out to dozens of Oklahoma agency chiefs
By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau And CURTIS KILLMAN World Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY — Dozens of state agency directors quietly received raises averaging 18 percent during the last fiscal year, according to a report released by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
They were doled out to four dozen agency heads.
The raises total $776,714. The average raise was $16,182.
Gov. Mary Fallin said that while some of the raises may have merit, she is skeptical that 48 directors had to have raises immediately above the other needs at their agencies.
“A lot of the boards that run these agencies beg every year for more money for their agency, but in a year when most of their budgets were flat or reduced, they gave their directors raises,” Fallin said. “This means one of two things is true: either the agency is mis-prioritizing spending or the agency’s finances are stronger than what these boards and directors say they are when pleading for more taxpayer money.”