Jason Hancock, the deputy chief of staff at the Idaho State Department of Education, is leaving Idaho to take a job in South Dakota.
Hancock has been hired as director of the Legislative Research Council for the South Dakota Legislature in Pierre. He formally begins his new job Aug. 5, according to the Associated Press.
Hancock was on vacation until after July 4 and couldn’t be reached for comment.
The AP reported Hancock will make $125,000, more than the South Dakota governor and his senior level staff. Hancock was appointed by the South Dakota Legislature’s Executive Board. Legislators do not have individual staff support, but rely on the nonpartisan council to help draft bills and provide fiscal estimates.
Executive Board members said they raised the director’s salary to $125,000 to draw a strong candidate and strengthen the legislative branch. Earlier this month the board increased the Auditor General’s wage by $10,000.
The governor makes $104,002 a year and is provided a house in Pierre. His chief of staff makes $111,395.