A former aide to Jack Stick, hired by Stick when he was the OIG deputy inspector general for enforcement, has now been demoted and seen his salary cut, according to a late breaking story in the Austin American Statesman. The Texas Tribune has also reported the story.
The ever-increasing scandal involving Stick who resigned as HHSC’s chief counsel before Christmas, has now engulfed Cody Cazares, his former right hand man. Cazares had already been put on paid administrative leave last month by HHSC executive commissioner Kyle Janek as state and criminal investigations started up on Stick’s involvement with a Medicaid data mining software contract.
Apparently, Cazares had left OIG with Stick and became his chief of staff while Stick was HHSC chief counsel. Per an updated Statesman story, Cazares worked closely with 21CT.
Salary doubled in three years
An HHSC internal investigation has already found that Cazares had his salary double in just three years to $112,000 and that his duties should have placed him at a lower pay grade, according to the story.
The Tribune and an updated Statesman article added that Cazares’ new salary will be $55,000.
Cazares had worked as a special assistant to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst from 2005 to 2010.