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When Governor Deval Patrick's former chief of staff, Arthur Bernard, revealed this week he was returning to the ivory tower as vice chancellor for government relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a school spokesman was quick to note there would be no change in his salary.
That is to say he would be paid the same $175,000 annually he got when he left the job in 2008 to go work for Patrick.
Left unsaid, though, was that in returning to that old salary, Bernard is still getting a raise from the $150,000 he was paid as the governor's right-hand man.
And even the new salary is not guaranteed to stick.
In May 2009, James Leary announced he was stepping down as chief of staff for Patrick's left-hand man, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. The attorney and former state representative from Worcester took a job as associate vice chancellor for community affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.
At the time, the hiring prompted questions because it came just after Patrick failed in his bid to place now-former Senator Marian Walsh in a $175,000-per-year state development post that had been dormant.
Leary also was hired for his job before the medical school hired his projected future boss the vice chancellor for external relations.
Murray denied politics played a role in the hire, and the university and administration sought to rebuff questions by noting Leary would be paid the same $104,000 annually he was paid as Murray's chief of staff.
In response to questions, they acknowledged Leary would be eligible for a six-month salary review, as well as an annual salary review.
Well, Leary has since prospered.
We asked yesterday how much he is now paid.
The answer? $168,300.
That's a raise of 62 percent in little more than 18 months.
School spokesman Edward Keohane said Leary took on added responsibilities in February 2010, when veteran Vice Chancellor for University Relations Albie Sherman retired.
Leary not only added Sherman's duties to his portfolio, but also state and federal relations.
``Essentially, Jim bundled four responsibilities into one job,'' Keohane said.
Leary's new title is vice chancellor for community and government relations.
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