Chip Rogers to Earn More than Gov. Deal in Public Broadcasting Job

The former state Senator will earn $150,000 as executive producer, community jobs program with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Chip Rogers will make more than Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle each make in their public jobs when the former state Senator starts his new job Tuesday earning $150,000.

The AJC reports that he'll be the seventh executive at Georgia Public Broadcasting earning six-figures annually, despite a rather pedestrian title: Executive producer, community jobs program.

The position is paid solely through state taxpayers’ money.

Rogers quit the state Senate less than a month after his re-election to his seat to take the position with GPB, which he said "is like a dream come true." He had yet to complete his previous term or take the oath for the new term before he resigned.

Rogers came under fire for a meeting he organized in which Georgia Snate Republican leaders were briefed in the state Capitol on Agenda 21, which is a United Nations comprehensive plan for sustainable development,

The Woodstock resident's resignation from the state Senate forced a special election to be called, which was held on Jan. 8. His July 2012 Republican Primary foe, less than a week before the current legislative session started.

Rogers' new job deals with reporting on job development in Georgia. Beach promised to make jobs his top priority in his Senate term.

Patrick Thompson January 19, 2013 at 02:31 PM
What a waste of taxpayer money. You want to talk about government waste? The fleecing of the American public under the false guise of conservative values continues as folks like this avoid investigation and prosecution, shape shifting to the next payday, and never being responsible for their actions.
Rick Pisano January 19, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Patrick, if there was really something to prosecute, changing jobs doesn’t isolate someone from the law. It sounds like The Patch has convicted him in your mind. Why should good people stay in office and be hounded by The Patch when they could make more money elsewhere? I wonder if The Patch and the money behind that enterprise will go after people on the laft?
Phil McCall January 19, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Mr. Thompson - You want to see huge salaries paid for by your tax dollars that DWARFS the Govs. salary? Tune into AdvancEd, the school accreditation non-profit. CEO Mark Elgart made in excess of $345,000 a year plus deferred $1,500,000 in compensation and retirement http://atlantaunfiltered.com/2011/04/11/mark-elgart-accreditation-boogeyman-355024/ That is even better than we pay US House members or the President. Tax records show board members made over $150,000 each in 2009. Pretty good pay from the taxpayers.
Patrick Thompson January 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Using this same evasive method, Gov Deal, escaped prosecution when leaving Congress. Chip has used the same method to avoid prosecution while in the legislature. Patch is just reporting on something that smells really bad. Why should good people stay in office? Indeed, why shouldn't people that are good stay in office and work for the people as they promised? When they're lobbyists, which is what Chip yearns to do on a more full-time basis. As Treasurer of ALEC, the lobbying organization for lobbyists, he's fully expanding his ability to take money from interests. He used his title to get a bank loan for a motel when he hadn't the collateral to do so. He used his title and a push from Deal to make up a job at the highest cost to the taxpayer possible. This isn't about left and right, but right and wrong. This is what happens when one Party dominates - there are no checks and balances. This is also why we need money out of politics on this the anniversary of the Citizens United decision. Chip has run his politics on slamming the government while making it less effective and made tirades on unnecessary government spending - the hypocrisy of his personal irresponsibility and ability to take taxpayer money smells. He leaves office to spend time with his family of lobbyists. Chip knows how to use taxpayers to make a living and is the poster child for why our legislature (and Governor's office) is one of the most unethical.
Rick Pisano January 19, 2013 at 09:05 PM
If the bank made a bad loan because of his position that is their problem. It does not seem illeagal, maybe risky for the bank if he doesn't make good. Did that loan involve any public interest? What I have seen is a lot of bashing with no substance, if he has done something wrong the DA should move on it. He is not safe from prosecution because of a job change. Good luck getting money out of politics the POTUS has made sure that will never change.
Lorraine Henderson Thompson January 19, 2013 at 10:36 PM
These actions are never Chip's fault. Commercial loans without collateral shouldn't be legal. Rogers and Graves took out a loan bigger than they could handle. Chip, since he was on the Senate Finance Committee supposedly in charge of bank charter oversight watched GA become one of the top bank failure States and contributed to this Bank's failure with this large loan. He did not have this real estate investment on his ethics filings for office. He says he sold the bank (to a felon) but there's no written record of this transaction. Who pays? Ordinary Georgians can't get credit. Larger banks acquire the small ones with no oversight. Georgians and small businesses lose community banking. The families who called that hotel home lost their residence, belongings and groceries when electric bills weren't paid. Public safety was taxed with extra theft and crime issues. That small city had to come up with the money to raze the unsafe property. The FDIC had to cover Bank losses. Bank investors and customers lost money. It wasn't Chip on video giving gambling odds. It wasn't Chip using campaign money for personal use. It wasn't Chip lobbying during session or in between sessions. It wasn't Chip costing the taxpayer for extra elections. It wasn't Chip using college logos on his campaign signs. Agenda 21? - didn't know the speaker was going to say that. We have a leadership and ethics problem in this state, illegal or not. Personal responsibility.
Georgia Moderate January 20, 2013 at 01:29 PM
@Phil, keep on dissembling. This was clearly Rogers looking for a golden parachute to avoid prosecution.
Dean Sheridan January 21, 2013 at 05:20 AM
You all need to take a pill. Aparently it's not good enough for a candidate not of your choice to give it all up for a multitude of reasons. Instead , like Liberals everywhere you'd continue spiking the football. Most od us know that behavior is wrong and will become your undoing. It speaks volumes for the reasons your idealology is bad for Georgia and the Union. The State.
Patrick Thompson January 21, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Chip still works for our tax dollar - he works for us - as long as he does so, he's open to criticism when he doesn't do the job. This has nothing to do with party affiliation, but there is no ideology in this State except primarily one, the same one protecting him from personal responsibility. Roger's multitude of reasons are as absent as a Belichick press conference and his apology to the taxpayer completely awol.


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