[UPDATED] Commissioner Targets Inflated Salaries, Cronyism at Health Care District
Broward Health spokesperson Sara Howley said that Breen's salary was $265,000. According to Bernstein, however, bonuses paid this past year brought that figure up to $320,000.
Breen and Nask commuted to the district together from their homes in Jupiter, according to Bernstein, who says Breen was hired without so much as an interview.
It appears that Bernstein -- and perhaps a group at the district which support his effort -- is building a case against Nask in advance of the January 27 board meeting. Last week, Bernstein told Juice how he had lost faith in Nask's leadership.
If the meeting does occur, Bernstein's questions about the Breen salary will be an item on the agenda. In particular, the commissioner wants to know whether Nask was entitled to make such a dramatic increase in Breen's salary without board approval.
Breen would be the second member of the public hospital district's executive staff to be collecting a paycheck approximately twice it's expected size. Goren, who with his Fort Lauderdale firm is serving as the district's general counsel on an interim basis, is the other.
UPDATE: Howley e-mailed a breakdown of Breen's salary showing that with bonuses the executive was paid $316,444 this past year. The document shows that in January 2008 Breen received a 42 percent raise for assuming CFO duties in addition to doing her job as controller in the Central Business Office. She then received another 12 percent raise in April 2008 for taking additional interim CFO duties. After a permanent replacement for CFO was hired in August 2008, that 12 percent raise was taken away, but Breen was promoted to her current position of vice president. Presumably, that promotion is the reason Breen's 42 percent raise stayed intact.