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Gianforte sets staff appointments

By: - January 5, 2021 5:00 am

Gov. Greg Gianforte issued a preliminary list of senior staff members, their titles and salaries. Under Montana law, public officials’ salaries are public record. However, in an effort to be transparent, Gianforte released these voluntarily and ahead of his inauguration.

Kurt Alme, budget director: $130,000

Charlie Brereton, health care policy advisor: $78,000

Sonny Capece, economic development specialist: $42,000

Will Emery, research/press assistant: $40,000

Mike Freeman, natural resources policy advisor: $95,000

Travis Hall, senior advisor and director of strategic communications: $110,000

Christine Heggem, chief of staff: $128,000

Karli Hill, director of engagement: $87,000

Elizabeth Klinker, constituent services: $33,000

Rachel Meredith, counsel: $95,000

Anita Milanovich, general counsel: $120,000

Mike Milburn, senior advisor: $113,000

Glenn Oppel, policy director: $105,000

Celia Rigler, staff assistant: $27,000

Tory Scribner, scheduler: $45,000

Brett Simons, economic development specialist: $44,000

Hannah Slusser, executive assistant to the lieutenant governor and chief of staff: $40,000

Brooke Stroyke, press secretary: $66,000

Liane Taylor, boards & nominations: $80,000

Garrett Turner, director of media and content: $60,000

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Darrell Ehrlick
Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming. With Darrell at the helm, the Gazette staff took Montana’s top newspaper award six times in seven years. Darrell's books include writing the historical chapters of “Billings Memories” Volumes I-III, and “It Happened in Minnesota.” He has taught journalism at Winona State University and Montana State University-Billings, and has served on the student publications board of the University of Wyoming.

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