Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has eliminated 12 executive office positions that existed under her predecessor, Republican Bill Schuette.
Those positions totaled $1.595 million in salary and benefits, the AG’s office said. Nessel said at a small media roundtable last month that her department axed some “political” positions, which helped fund new initiatives, including a hate crimes unit and the Conviction Integrity Unit. Funds also go to the auto insurance fraud unit.
“We haven’t spend one dime in addition to the money that was already coming in through general funds to this office,” Nessel said in that interview.
Nessel said the department used the savings from clipping executive staff to hire attorneys and investigators.
“I wanted this to be, let me say, non-political — purely what I believe the functions of the office of attorney general should be,” she said.
The Advance asked for details on the positions eliminated and the attorney general’s office on Friday released this breakdown:
- Assistant director of legislative affairs
- Director of crime victim advocacy
- Manager of constituent relations
- Five constituent representatives
- Policy advisor
- Senior advisor
- Former director of communications (a separate position from the actual director)
- Departmental analyst