With John Kasich departing and Mike DeWine taking over, the leadership of state agencies was shuffled as the new governor selected his cabinet directors to lead more than 40,000 state employees, and oversee billions of dollars in spending.

Cabinet directors, predictably, draw some of the highest salaries in state government, with 13 being paid more than the governor will pocket this year.

Randy Gardner, a former state senator named chancellor of the Department of Higher Education, will be the best paid, at just over $190,000 — more than double the $87,663 the Bowling Green Republican earned last year as a lawmaker.

DeWine's office released the amounts Friday in response to a public-records request from The Dispatch. Other statewide executive officeholders also gave their numbers to The Dispatch upon request.

Kasich vetoed a pay-raise bill for state and local elected officials last month, but was overridden by fellow Republicans in the General Assembly. The salaries of statewide executive officers increased 4 percent this year to $154,248 for the governor and $113,947 for attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was granted $176,426 in annual salary as lawmakers created the new InnovateOhio office through which he will lead efforts to deploy technology to make state government more efficient and "user friendly." His best-paid employee in the lieutenant governor's office will be his chief of staff, Avi Zaffini, who will earn $119,995 this year.

Here is what DeWine's leaders and cabinet directors will be paid this year, ranked highest to lowest, with the 2017 salary for the same position in parenthesis:

Randy Gardner, higher education: $190,008 ($176,115)

Stephanie McCloud, workers' compensation: $184,995 ($181,528)

Kimberly Murnieks, budget and management: $177,088 ($180,421)

Maureen Corcoran, Medicaid: $174,990 ($139,015)

Kimberly Hall, job and family services: $169,998 ($150,390)

Mary Mertz, natural resources: $169,998 ($148,768)

Lori Criss, mental health and addiction services: $165,006 ($141,193)

Tom Stickrath, public safety: $155,002 ($143,219)

Jack Marchbanks, transportation: $155,002 ($148,768)

Annette Chambers-Smith, rehabilitation and correction: $155,002 ($143,707)

Jeff McClain, taxation: $155,002 ($148,768)

Lydia Mihalik, development services: $155,002 ($146,627)

Matthew Damschroder, administrative services: $155,002 ($145,402)

Laurie Stevenson, environmental protection: $152,006 ($146,882)

Jillian Froment, insurance: $150,571 (170,799)

Laurel Pressler Dawson, chief of staff: $150,010 ($197,702)

Sheryl Creed Maxfield, commerce: $150,010 ($142,710)

Jeffrey Davis, developmental disabilities: $150,010 ($147,314)

Dorothy Pelanda, agriculture: $140,005  ($139,677)

Ryan Gies, youth services: $140,005 ($139,656)

Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., adjutant general: $140,005  ($139,677)

Deborah Ashenhurst, veterans services: $131,977 ($133,128)

Ursel McElroy, aging: $130,000  ($119,757)

Alisha Nelson, RecoveryOhio: $125,008 (new position)

LeeAnne Cornyn, children's initiatives: $125,008 (new position)

State payroll records show Kasich's chief of staff Beth Hansen and his cabinet directors were paid a combined total of nearly $3.6 million in 2017 — an average of $149,541 each. (Final figures for 2018 were not yet available.) DeWine's cabinet appointees will earn an average of $153,866 each, an increase of about $4,300 or 3 percent more.

DeWine's senior staff also includes seven employees making $130,000 to $150,010 a year.

Here's a look at the highest salaries under each of the other statewide executive officers, who will earn $113,947 this year:

Attorney General Dave Yost: Chief of Staff Ben Marrison will earn $159,515 a year, a $34,715 or 28-percent raise over what he made as senior adviser and communications director to Yost in the auditor's office. Mary Mertz, first attorney general under DeWine and now natural resources director, earned $144,272 last year as DeWine's highest-paid employee. Brenda Rinehart, first assistant attorney general, also will be paid $159,515 annually, a near-10 percent raise over what she made at the auditor's office. Gregory Jackson, chief operating officer, will be paid $156,000 annually, a 3-percent raise over what he earned as chief information officer at the Department of Job and Family Services. Thirty-eight unclassified employees will make more money than Yost.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose: Chief of Staff Merle Madrid will be paid $140,005 annually, a decrease of nearly $10,000 from the amount paid to Damschroder when he held the same position. Kimberly Burns, operations director, will make $127,005 a year while $125,008 each will be paid to Grant Shaffer, external affairs director, and Amanda Greenjean, elections director. Ten unclassified employees will make more that LaRose.

Auditor Keith Faber: Kasich budget director Tim Keen came on board as senior adviser and chief financial officer. He will earn $180,000 a year, a $7,325 cut from his salary last year as Office of Budget and Management director. Mary DeGenaro, who lost election after being appointed an Ohio Supreme Court justice, will earn $150,010 a year as chief legal counsel, a near $14,000 reduction from her judicial salary. Chief of Staff Sloan Spaulding, New Albany mayor and former section chief in the attorney general's office under DeWine, will be paid $140,005 a year. The top-paid employee under Yost as auditor made $145,464 a year. Thirteen staff members will make more than Faber.

Treasurer Keith Sprague: Chief of Staff Jody Fotlyn and deputy treasurer Marjorie Kruse each will earn $139,984 annually. Michael Lenzo, chief legal counsel, will be paid $135,000 a year. The top three employees under former two-term Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican, each were paid $165,006 a year. Seven employees will earn more than Sprague.

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