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Many elected ND agency heads earn less than staff

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Deputy Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger will be taking a $9,200 annual pay cut when he takes over the agency's top post next week.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple last month appointed Rauschenberger to serve the remainder of term held by elected Tax Commissioner Cory Fong, who is resigning at year's end to work for a Bismarck-based advertising agency.

Rauschenberger made $114,252 as deputy commissioner. By taking the top job, he will be paid Fong's annual salary of $105,050.

Data show that Rauschenberger will be one of several department bosses in the state who earn less than their subordinates.

Salaries for elected officials who head agencies are set by the Legislature. Agency bosses have some discretion in setting staff salaries.