Scott’s line of Sight: Domestic Violence Group CEO’s Salary Draws Fire
The head of the coalition that directs funding for domestic violence programs is making more than $350,000 a year in salary and benefits, a compensation package that irked at least one influential state Senator and may have led to a Gov. Rick Scott’s request that future budgets aren’t steered solely to the group, the Times/Herald reported Thursday.
The compensation package for Florida Coalition of Domestic Violence President Tiffany Carr in 2009 included a salary of $316,000 and another $36,000 in benefits.
Mike Bennett, a Bradenton Republican and former Navy medic, sent copies of the coalition’s tax forms to Scott chief of state Steve McNamara with a not so-subtle message that he thought the salary extreme.
“I was so p—– off when I saw the salary Tiffany Carr was making,” Bennett told the Times/Herald. “It’s absolutely stone-a– insane.”
Carr, who has run the agency for nearly 20 years, said she’s not doing it for the money and her salary, which is set by an 11-member board, is comparable to others.
The coalition, which has won high praise from many state officials, directs nearly $31 million in funds to 42 domestic violence programs states. In 2003, Gov. Jeb Bush designated the private, non-profit as the gatekeeper of state funds for domestic violence efforts.
Next on Bennett’s radar may be Disc Village, a counseling program based in Tallahassee. It’s executive director, Thomas Olk, was paid nearly $600,000 in 2009, according to tax records.