Queen Aldona's realm continues to be the place to score a really sweet job.
The state Department of Health and Human Services has hired Mike Lotz to be its new webmaster at a $90,000-a-year-salary.
DHHS spokesman Ricky Diaz described Lotz as an "experienced project manager and web developer with technical skills," but would not elaborate on his work background. Lotz will work with the state chief information officer's office and make the DHHS site more "consumer friendly,” Diaz said.
Granted, the DHHS web site is a train wreck, but do we really need a new person to oversee its renovation (presumably in an air-conditioned office, drinking latte)?
A $90,000 annual salary is in the top 3 percent in state government.
DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry said that it was difficult to find anyone for less money who had the skills to revamp the entire agency website.
Lotz will make more than the person he reports to, Aaron Mullins, the new agency branding and marketing manager who was hired in September at $68,000.
The other giant department in state government, transportation, does not have a dedicated webmaster position.
It seems that a more economical use of taxpayer dollars might exist in this situation.
Of course, it would seem like cronyism only if the salary was seriously inflated with respect to the duties and salaries of other positions, and if the DHHS spokesman refused to comment on the person's qualifications.