Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s newly hired redistricting director, Doyle Webb, is her office’s seventh-highest paid employee at $150,000 a year.
Rutledge, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of State John Thurston comprise the state Board of Apportionment, which redraws the boundaries of 135 legislative districts every 10 years based on information from the U. S. census.
Several legislators were also asked about Webb’s new job and salary.
In a news conference in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday, Rutledge announced Webb’s appointment, along with her office’s contracting with former state Reps. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock, and Doug House, R-North Little Rock, for $6,666 a month each to also work on redrawing the boundaries of legislative districts.
Hutchinson’s spokeswoman, Katie Beck, said Tuesday that Hatcher will provide feedback to the governor from stakeholder groups concerning legislative redistricting and will be paid out of inaugural funds from the state Republican Party.