Top-paid employee contracts (Department of Corrections)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Rhode Island.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:

Contracts for the ten (10) employees with the highest salaries

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Kelly -

This request was also sent to, but on April 29, 2014. Please confirm if this was received?

Thank you for your help!


From: Kelly, Kathleen (DOC)

Shawn - Nope! Didn't get it. Sorry. To clarify, are you looking for
the salaries of the 10 highest paid employees at DOC? Staff is not
hired under a contract agreement. Employees are hired and their
salaries are based on state personnel salary ranges or collective
bargaining agreements. For instance, correctional officers have a salary
range and get raises based on number of years of service and rank. They
also earn overtime based on the provisions of the CBA. An
administrative assistant is paid within a certain salary range which is
established by state personnel rules, not the DOC, unless the person is
the member of a union in which case the CBA for that union establishes
their salary.

We do have some contracts for people to perform services for the DOC but
they are not "employees" of the department. For instance, we have a
contract with LifeSpan (RI's largest hospital group) for the
psychiatrists that treat our offenders. They are employees of LifeSpan
and we pay a rate per the contract for the doctors to treat here.

Let me know what information you want and I'll gather up what we have
that is public. Per our access to public records act, salary
information of employees is public. I would just have to contact our
personnel office to get the documents.


Kathleen Kelly

Chief Legal Counsel

Rhode Island Department of Corrections

40 Howard Ave.

Cranston, Rhode Island 02920


From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Kelly -

Thank you for your response. If no staff of Department of Corrections is under contract, then you can consider this request closed.

Please confirm that this is the case?


From: Kelly, Kathleen (DOC)

Shawn - I just wanted to follow-up with this last request:

That is correct. No employees at the DOC are under a contract. Any
person who works here under a contact is employed a company we contract
with; we are not employing the individual. My department would not have
the person's salary information, only what we pay the company for the
service provided. For instance, we have a contract with a private
company to provide nurses in the event we are short-staffed on our
employee nurses. I do not have information indicating what those nurses
are paid by the private company, only what we pay the company for
providing the nurse(s).



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