Under Pressure, Ohio’s Jobs Office Releases Pay of Top Execs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s privatized job-creation office says its new leader will make $350,000 this year before benefits and any performance bonus.

JobsOhio released the salary of president and chief investment officer J.P. Nauseef and 16 other current and former top executives Thursday in an effort “to provide more openness and accountability.”

JobsOhio, a private economic development corporation, has been under pressure from Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to be more transparent. Former Gov. John Kasich, also a Republican, and the GOP-led state Legislature designed it to be outside the reach of public records laws.

JobsOhio defended its “unique private structure” Thursday as advantageous in “speed, agility and confidentiality when working with the private sector.”

Salary data showed Nauseef’s predecessor, John Minor, made $621,322 a year. The others made between $170,000 and $354,000.