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WV Posts Employee Salaries Online

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

The State of West Virginia is now posting the salaries of all 65,000 state employees on its website. This information is considered public information, but WV appears to be first state in our region to make this data accessible on the internet. Typically, citizens must request this information with a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act).

The decision came from West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer. In all, the state's payroll is nearly 1.5 billion dollars--and this online document breaks it down employee by employee.

Many people are upset and say this is an invasion of privacy. However, Gainer says it's part of open government.

CLICK HERE to see the salary listing.
File is appoximately 2.3MB. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

This listing shows the gross salaries for all employees in 2006.

We found some surprising salaries. At the top of the list: WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez took home more than 1.2 million dollars last year. Marshall's head coach Mark Snyder took about a quarter of that at 326,000.

Also, former Marshall President Dr. Dan Angel took home nearly 269,000 dollars, and he wasn't even president. He retired in December of 2004. This was his teaching salary. Angel's replacement, Dr. Stephen Kopp, made less at $232,000

WSAZ also contacted Ohio and Kentucky state offices to see if they post the same information on their websites. Ohio does not post it, but is mailing the salary information to WSAZ. We left a message with the State of Kentucky, but our call has not been returned.


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