Daugaard’s approach in one word — frugalityPIERRE — The amounts are not set yet, but Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard said Monday his administration’s top officials and Cabinet members will receive smaller salaries than are paid now for similar jobs.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capital Bureau
PIERRE — The amounts are not set yet, but Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard said Monday his administration’s top officials and Cabinet members will receive smaller salaries than are paid now for similar jobs.
“Frugality is going to be a watchword of this government, and it must start at the top,” Daugaard told reporters.
He said job candidates are being told to expect less than has been paid in the past. State government faces large budget deficits until the economy improves and state tax revenues return to normal. Daugaard said he is committed to cutting spending and refusing to raise taxes.
His goal for governor’s office staff, for example, is to reduce total salaries by 10 percent.
Daugaard plans to announce today the Cabinet members who have agreed to accept his invitations to stay in their current jobs or take other key posts in his administration.
He is working on filling about half of the Cabinet with new personnel.
For reporters, he listed the characteristics he’s seeking in hires, such as commitment, honesty and an attitude of respect toward all others.
“And lastly, frugal and unpretentious.”
He said he wants them to be what he calls “servant leaders.”
Asked what he means, he said they must be motivated by a wish to serve and not by money.