Tennessee officials paid a private firm $46,000 to create a new state logo despite having eight graphic artists and designers on the state payroll at an annual cost of $293,000, according to Tennessee Watchdog.
According to a state employee salary search available online, three graphic designers and one graphic artist work for the state’s Department of General Services. Another graphic designer works for the Tennessee State Museum, two more work for the Department of Environment and Conservation and another works for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Their salaries range from $2,486 to $4,127 a month.
Note: A skim of departmental listings of positions eligible for the state employee buyout program, now underway, indicates some of these employees are among those eligible for buyouts. Each department has a document filed at the overall buyout website, HERE.