Patrick’s Olympic pay: $7,500 per day

Boston 2024 releases salary information

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

FORMER GOV. DEVAL PATRICK will be compensated $7,500 per day when he travels on behalf of the backers of a bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston, according to organizers.

The privately funded organization – Boston 2024 – is also spending tens of thousands of dollars on a monthly basis for consulting, according to salary information released on Monday.

Erin Murphy, chief operating officer and chief bid officer of Boston 2024, the organization putting together the city’s bid, said Patrick won’t be a full-time salaried employee “but will be compensated based on the amount of his travel and efforts on behalf of Boston 2024 – the extent of which has not been determined at this time.”

“Governor Patrick has a passionate voice and unbridled enthusiasm for promoting Boston and Massachusetts to the world and believes the Olympic and Paralympic Games can greatly benefit the Commonwealth,” she said in a statement. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to help our team.”

Boston 2024 also released information on staff salaries and consultants. Rich Davey, Patrick’s former transportation chief and the Olympic organization’s CEO, will annually make $300,000, while Murphy is being paid $215,000. Joe Rull, a former top aide to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, will make $175,000 as chief administrative officer.

General counsel Paige Scott Reed, who moved over from the MBTA, makes $182,500, and Amy Sennett, vice president of strategic initiatives and assistant general counsel, makes $120,000.

Consultants include former South Boston Sen. Jack Hart ($10,000 per month), lobbyist William Coyne Jr. ($10,000 per month), as well as $15,000 a month heading towards Northwind Strategies and Keyser Public Strategies, two firms that were on opposite sides during the 2014 gubernatorial race. Northwind, staffed by a number of former Patrick advisors, worked for Democrat Martha Coakley, while Will Keyser worked for Republican Charlie Baker, who won in November.

According to the other salary data released by Boston 2024, monthly contracts will pay Josiane Martinez/Archipelago Strategies Group $5,000 a month and SwiftKurrent $9,000 per month.

Rev. Jeffrey Brown, among others, is receiving $5,000 a month for “Grassroots and Community Outreach.” Under the same heading, CK Strategies, which employs top campaign aides to Mayor Walsh, has a contract worth $10,000 a month, as does Walsh Strategies.

SCR & Associates is paid $20,000 a month for fundraising consulting.

Performing services pro bono or at a reduced rate are Elkus Manfredi, Mintz Levin, Mass Mutual, Deloitte, Hill Holliday, Bain Consulting, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, CBT Architects, Vertex, Boston Consulting Group, Black Math, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Be Our Guest.

The release of the information came after Walsh urged the organization to do so “as a testament to the transparency and openness of this process.”

In a statement, Davey said Boston 2024 “has built a strong team of athletes, architects, engineers, civic, and business leaders and grassroots organizers to help make the case on the local level and on the international stage for Boston’s bid for a walkable, sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Davey added: “After consultation with Mayor Walsh and to continue our efforts to promote a transparent and open bid process, we are releasing the salaries and compensation of our current staff and consultants.”

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The Boston 2024 effort is chaired by construction magnate John Fish, and funded thus far with private donations.