LANSING (WKZO) -- A close friend of Governor Rick Snyder is now on the state payroll.
Richard Baird was being paid by the non profit New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify fund, commonly called the NERD fund. Snyder has been under pressure to release the names of those who contribute to the fund and were ultimately paying Baird. The "Detroit News" reports Baird will continue to hold the title of "Transformation Manager" and receive an annual salary of 140-thousand dollars a year.
A spokesperson for the governor says the change was made to "end some of the unnecessary distractions" of Baird's employment status in the Snyder administration.