COLUMBUS, Ohio — JP Nauseef made more than $522,000 in total compensation during his first full year leading JobsOhio, according to salary data disclosed Thursday by the state’s private economic development arm.
Nauseef had received about $274,400 in total compensation in 2019, but didn’t start until February of that year after Gov. Mike DeWine hired him. Officials had said his base pay would be $350,000, not including $17,000 in benefits and possible performance-based bonuses.
In 2020, he made $522,000 in total compensation, according to the new data. His predecessor, John Minor, got a compensation package worth $621,300 in 2018, his last full year with JobsOhio.
Overall, JobsOhio disclosed paying $14.1 million to 115 different employees, compared to $12.6 million the previous year. That works out to an average compensation package of $124,234, compared to $108,087 in 2019.
Matt Englehart, a JobsOhio spokesman, said the organization’s salaries are set using a third-party survey of similar nonprofits. He said many employees, including Nauseef, received performance-based pay, based on reaching goals set by their superiors. He didn’t share details on Nauseef’s goals, but said they are set by the JobsOhio Board of Directors.
Other top-paid JobsOhio employees included Dana Saucier, vice president of economic development ($428,700), Brian Faust, chief financial officer ($348,700), Aaron Pitts, senior managing director ($343,300), Aaron Needham, senior managing director ($343,300) and Kristi Tanner, senior managing director ($313,000).
JobsOhio, created as a private non-profit under former Gov. John Kasich to replace a government agency as the state’s lead economic development arm, is exempt from most public-records laws.
But the organization must make annual disclosures to the legislature, including the salaries of its top executives. JobsOhio will be making more disclosures in March, including federal tax filings required of all nonprofits.
JobsOhio is funded through profits it makes from running the state’s monopoly on liquor sales.