Barfield takes job as Jindal revenue secretary
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal officially has a new revenue secretary, months after he named who he wanted in the job.
Tim Barfield told lawmakers Thursday that he was formally appointed as secretary of the Department of Revenue.
Barfield started working as department head in October, but he was called executive counsel in order to get a pay hike. His $250,000 salary was twice what was paid to his predecessor and what was included in this year’s budget.
Jindal put Barfield in the executive counsel job to circumvent the salary cap on the secretary’s position, until lawmakers agreed to the pay hike in next year’s budget.
The $250,000 secretary’s salary will take effect with the new 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1. Until then, Barfield will get paid at the lower salary level from the time of his appointment Wednesday, his spokesman Doug Baker said.
Barfield received Senate confirmation Thursday, despite objections from Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, who said Barfield’s appointment was improperly handled by the administration.
She called his time as executive counsel a “shell game.”
“He has been paid above and beyond what he should have been paid for the last year,” Peterson said.
Peterson tried to remove Barfield’s name from the list of gubernatorial appointments scheduled for confirmation. She was the only senator to vote for her motion. Then, the Senate approved the list of all appointees in a 27-1 vote.