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Texas windstorm agency plans for raises totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011, 11:09AM CST
By Steve Miller
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Department chiefs at the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association have been told to budget for an average of 3 percent pay increases at the troubled agency, which was taken over by the state in February when it was deemed unfit to carry on with business.

General Manager John Polak told supervisors in an Aug. 18 memo, “An average salary increase of 3% should be included in your salary calculations effective January 1, 2012.”

That average increase amounts to about $336,000 total based on TWIA's payroll of $11.2 million for 2010, the latest year available.

The agency last year paid out five-figure bonuses to a number of people, including Reggie Warren, who was fired two weeks after he was awarded the money. At the top of the bonus list was then-General Manager Jim Oliver, who took home $88,000 on top of his base pay of $330,000.

Polak did not return calls.
Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or

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Meg Meo
Tuesday, 11/29/2011 - 12:19PM

Mr. Miller is well aware that Mr. Polak has requested that all questions be submitted in writing, and has in fact, answered several recent questions for Texas Watchdog stories, including this one. Answering in writing, rather than in a phone call, ensures that the information provided is complete and accurate.

John Cobarruvias
Wednesday, 11/30/2011 - 01:39PM

Polak is a wuss for not answering. I sincerely hope he is not on the receiving end of a pay raise. For all the trouble TWIA has had, he should be getting a pay cut.

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