UTA chief on national list of overpaid officials

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The head of the Utah Transportation Authority has made a nationwide list of government officials who make too much money.

CEO John Inglish came in at No. 11 out of 20 on the MSNBC list.

Inglish earned a $350,000 salary last year, topping the pay of transportation bosses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

UTA has long said Inglish's pay is reasonable, given his duties. Others disagree.

"I think it is surprising that at a time when not just cities but state governments are crying poor, that the people in many of the top positions are being paid very, very well," said Mike Brunker of MSNBC.com.

Topping the list of overpaid government employees was Phoenix's retired police chief, who gets a $90,000 a year pension and has been re-hired as the city's Public Safety Manager at $193,000 a year.

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