Joe Hauck’s final weeks at the state Department of Health and Human Services ended much the way his tenure began, with a contract extension.
Hauck worked as a senior adviser to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos for 11 months, taking a leave from his regular job as an executive in her husband’s company.
Hauck started working for the state in late January last year with the intent of staying two months. But through a number of contract extensions, he ended up staying until Dec. 20. The last extension was for Dec. 1-20, and he worked those last three weeks for $1.
Even with the year-end discount, Hauck was one of the agency’s top earners, getting $310,000 through Dec. 9. That’s about $50,000 more than the annual salary of the agency’s highest-paid doctor.
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“If we had a Joe Hauck in every department, we would be in much better shape as a State. We are thankful for his many accomplishments and thrilled that he stayed at DHHS through December 20,” said DHHS spokesman Kevin V. Howell.