monopoly_money.jpgAs reported last week, Mayor Lee has appointed Bevan Dufty to a newly created position in the Mayor’s office, “Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement.” It’s apparently a nice financial step up for Dufty, as the newly created position reportedly pays nearly $60,000 more than his previous one as Supervisor for the Castro district.

Dufty, who ran for mayor last year after completing his second term as a Supe in January 2011, said in an email to supporters, “As a City, we need better outcomes for all areas of city-funded housing, including shelters, supportive housing, public and affordable housing. I will also seek new partnerships, building upon the success of Project Homeless Connect.”

“I am very happy to be back with our City Family working with Mayor Lee to improve outcomes for at-risk individuals and families.” Dufty said.

It’s not surprising that Dufty’s happy — according to the Chron, the newly-minted job pays $156,000-a-year, compared to his $98,469 salary as Supe or “the $75-an-hour temporary gig he had landed with SamTrans.”

In a statement sent to announce the appointment, Mayor Lee said that “Bevan shares my commitment to making a real difference in people’s lives and tackling the very real problem of homelessness in our city.”

And when Lee says Dufty shares his values, he must really mean it — according to the Chron, Dufty, who they note refrained from attacking Lee throughout the Mayor’s race, was the only person interviewed for the job.

“We can work together to improve the outcomes for homeless individuals and families — but we must also keep faith with the taxpayers who are entitled to approaches that are fiscally responsible and effective,” Dufty said. “I look forward to working for Mayor Lee to meet this challenge.”

Dufty spent five years as director of neighborhood services under Mayor Willie Brown, where he helped connect neighborhood residents and merchants with city services, and eight years on the board of supervisors before running for Mayor last year.

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