CORAL GABLES — Florida’s top job recruiter is getting a raise.
The board of Enterprise Florida, the organization set up to lure companies to the state, approved a new two-year contract on Thursday for president and CEO Gray Swoope. The new contract allows Swoope to make up to $375,000 in salary and bonuses – or a 25 percent increase over what he makes now.
Board members have contended that Swoope’s pay needed a boost to bring it in line with other top economic development officials. They also have said the Florida commerce secretary is getting the job done. Swoope has gotten a $70,000 bonus the past two years.
A coalition of conservative and left-leaning groups has sharply criticized the pay raise. They say it is fiscally irresponsible.