Under the Dome

New DHHS webmaster will make $90,000

The state Department of Health and Human Services has hired Mike Lotz to be its new webmaster at a $90,000-a-year-salary.

Lotz, 43, starts work Jan. 2.

Lotz will be in charge of redesigning the website, making it easier for users to find what they need.

DHHS spokesman Ricky Diaz described Lotz as an "experienced project manager and web developer with technical skills," but would not elaborate on his work background. Lotz will work with the state chief information officer's office and make the DHHS site more "consumer friendly,” Diaz said.

Diaz described the DHHS website as a collection of 80 sites that are all managed differently. "He has a great challenge in front of him," Diaz said. "We're confident he's up to the task."

A $90,000 annual salary is in the top 3 percent in state government.

DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry said that it was difficult to find anyone for less money who had the skills to revamp the entire agency website.

Lotz will make more than the person he reports to, Aaron Mullins, the new agency branding and marketing manager who was hired in September at $68,000.

The other giant department in state government, transportation, does not have a dedicated webmaster position.