In 1997-2003, Gee got $1.75 million, Clay
...Salary, and benefits, paid former chief operating officer Bill Clay during the same period
One-time payments from OIC
in 1997 to Gee and Clay
, respectively, for their retirement accounts.
...State figures show Carl Gee, OIC's former chief executive, and Bill Clay, the agency's chief operating officer, each reaped well more than $1 million in salary, bonuses and benefits from 1997 through 2003.
Gee was paid $1.75 million during the period, while Clay
got $1.35 million, according to a report prepared by the Legislative Audit Bureau
.The Wisconsin Works welfare reform program, which is funded mainly by a federal grant, provided about $2.3 million of the overall $3.1 million paid to Gee and Clay
was fired by OIC
in August after he
cooperated with federal prosecutors in connection with a kickback scheme that funneled W-2 money to former state Sen.
Gee, 63, and Clay
, 58, didn't return phone calls.
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel last year, Clay
said, "Nothing in my salary takes a piece of bread out of one poor person's mouth."
Gee got $250,537 and Clay
That money came from $3 million in no-strings-attached profits the state paid OIC
based on it early program performance.The state dangled the prospect of such profits as a way of luring firms leery about the financial risks to bid for a piece of the new reform program.
In addition, Gee received $107,530 and Clay
got $78,850 in bonuses paid in 1998-2001.No bonuses were paid in other years.
Fringe benefits for Gee totaled $188,525 and for Clay
came to $172,601 during the seven-year period.