Report: Michigan Technology and Budget Director Tops State Salary List

John Nixon will get a significantly higher salary than his predecessor, former state CIO Ken Theis.

by / January 14, 2011

The director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has the highest salary in Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, the governor’s office disclosed Friday, Jan. 14.

Perhaps reflecting technology’s increasing importance in government operations, John Nixon will be paid a $250,000 salary. A spokesperson for Nixon told The Detroit News the salary amount was justified because he would be doing a job previously done by two directors.

A year ago former Gov. Jennifer Granholm combined the state’s IT and budget departments into a single agency. Former state CIO Kenneth Theis became the Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s, first director. Theis reportedly was paid $145,000, while former budget director Robert Emerson received $135,000.

Theis stepped down in September to take a private-sector job.

Nixon was recruited from Utah, where he was the state’s budget director. He is expected to shift Michigan toward performance-based budgeting. In Utah, Nixon enacted monthly scorecards and metrics for every state agency.