Saturday, February 10, 2018

House Minority Leader- Department of Social Services Director drawing higher salary than permitted by state law

(From Rep. Gail McCann-Beatty, D-Kansas City)

Missouri Department of Social Services Director Steve Corsi is drawing a higher salary than allowed by state law under an unusual arrangement under which is also paid through the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Corsi is paid $128,244 a year through his own department, which under state law is the maximum most department directors can be paid. However, Corsi is paid an additional $13,756 annually from the health department. As a result, Corsi's combined annual pay of $142,000 a year violates the state law capping department director's pay.

During Feb. 6 testimony before the House Budget Committee, Corsi struggled to explain why he also receives a salary from the health department. Under questioning about the arrangement by House Democrats, Corsi said he works closely with the health department director and even lived at his house for six week when he first moved to Missouri from Wyoming. Corsi didn't make clear how any of that justified him being paid more than allowed by law.

Corsi's unlawful salary is expected to be an issue in the coming weeks as the House Budget Committee begins hammering out the details of the state operating budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens appointed Corsi as social services director last year.

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