Regarding last week's column item on former legislators who've taken state jobs presumably in order to continue serving the public (and tangentially to pad their state pensions), readers advised of three ex-legislators left off the list, all of whom work for state Treasurer John Perdue:
Danny Ellis, Logan County delegate 1993-96, assistant treasurer, $106,000 salary.
Jeff Davis, Hancock County delegate 1997-2000, local government specialist, $51,456.
Tony Whitlow, Mercer County delegate 1971-74, 1977-84, senator, 1985-96, local government specialist (part-time) $14,400. (Whitlow is part-time, since state pension law allows retired state employees to earn up to $15,000 a year without penalizing their pension payments.)
Also, a reader pointed out that House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, will get credit for four years' of military service in calculating his state pension. If he stays three years as secretary of Veterans' Assistance ($95,000 salary), that will bump his state pension up another 8 percent, from $34,200 to $41,800 a year.
Meanwhile, Rick Staton sent along a note pointing out that he actually took a pay cut to become deputy secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety in March.
He had been Wyoming County prosecuting attorney, with a salary of $92,000 - or $2,000 a year more than his current pay.
Staton also notes (semi-humorously, I think) that he now has the additional cost of commuting to and from Mullens - since he's been unable to find an apartment in Charleston that allows dogs.
Rumor had it that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's first class of summer law interns included no West Virginians and no WVU law students. Not quite so...
Our fourth-favorite New Jerseyite (after Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and Tony Soprano...) did hire one West Virginian and two law students from the U as summer interns.
The full list:
Kaitlyn McKitrick, Wheeling, first-year law student at WVU; Marissa Zielinski, Hamburg N.Y. second-year law student at WVU; Charles Greene, Pembroke, Ga., first-year law student at the University of Virginia; Jared Krecji, St. Paul, Neb., first-year law student at University of Virginia; Andrew Cowens, Huntington Beach, Calif., first-year law student at the University of Texas.