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Department of Justice seeks salary boost for director of communications

By: - July 14, 2021 8:17 am
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The Department of Justice is looking to create a new pay grade for its director of communications, Kate Giaquinto.

The proposal will be put before the Executive Council for a vote on Wednesday. If approved, the request would create a new labor grade, ranging from $71,896.24 up to $100,159.28 for the communications director position.

Attorney General John Formella also requested that Giaquinto be appointed to that position at the highest salary level for a term ending July 1, 2024. In 2020, Giaquinto earned $74,081.

The proposed salary would be higher than what several communications directors at other state agencies were earning as of 2020, the most recent salary data available. The Department of Corrections spokesperson earns $55,428, the court spokesperson earns $54,649, and the spokesperson for the governor’s office earns $38,969.

On the higher end, the Fish and Game spokesperson earns $78,623, and the spokesperson for Health and Human Services earns $98,986.

Giaquinto started working for the Department of Justice when the role of communications director was created in 2018. Before that, she worked as a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Senate.

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.