A Legislative Research Commission employee who was fired after appearing in a campaign video has been hired into a better-paying state job.
Charles Booker has been hired as division director for administrative services in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, where he will be paid $68,500 annually. Booker was fired in February from his job as an analyst for the Government Contract Review Committee at a salary of $51,000 annually. He appeared alongside his wife in a campaign ad for Democrat Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, which was against rules set out by the Review Committee.
Booker says he went through the normal application process to get the job. Tourism Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson said the position was posted and several others applied, but Booker was chosen “based on his qualifications and experiences.”