Legal Ethics

Colo. Secretary of State Plans to Moonlight at Law Firm to Help with $68K Government Salary

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The newly elected Colorado secretary of state says his $68,500 annual salary represents a pay cut of more than 50 percent from his old law firm job.

So Scott Gessler is going to continue working for the Hackstaff Law Group, on an contract basis, for 20 hours per month, according to the Denver Business Journal.

The plan has not been popular with everyone; some observers have pointed to the fact that his former law firm focuses on election law as a particular problem.

But “he’s got a young family, and he just took a pay cut to take this job. It’s real life,” a Gessler spokesman tells the Associated Press.

The spokesman, Rich Coolidge, didn’t say how much Gessler expects to be paid by his law firm.

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