The Shumlin administration has added a “chief performance officer” to its team and filled a vacant “special assistant” position who will be a legislative liaison for the governor.
Susan Zeller is leaving her post as deputy commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management to take the chief performance officer position with the Agency of Administration. Zeller’s duty will be to oversee the state’s transition to “performance-based budgeting,” and her salary will be $92,744.
Though Zeller’s position is brand new, a news release from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding said that the position is “being shifted from a vacancy in the Department of Finance and Management.”
Zeller’s replacement as deputy commissioner, Sarah Clark, previously served as the financial and administrative manager for the Department of Corrections. Clark will make $88,802.
Rep. Peter Welch’s former communications director, Scott Coriell, has been tapped as Shumlin’s special assistant, a position that sat vacant during the last legislative session after Susan Bartlett left to take a position in the Agency of Human Services. Coriell’s salary is $63,000.
Coriell’s brother, Dave, worked for Shumlin’s Republican predecessor, Jim Douglas.