FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — The mayor of Fishers took to Facebook to respond to an Associated Press report that Jennifer Messer, the wife of Congressman Luke Messer, is paid $20,000 a month from the city.
In a Facebook post, Mayor Scott Fadness said he is disappointed with the tone of the story.
“Jennifer was the author of our transition ordinance that transformed our town to a city,” Fadness wrote. “She is responsible for drafting and negotiating a majority of the economic deals that are conducted on behalf of the city.”
An AP report released on Thursday stated that Jennifer Messer is paid about $240,000 a year for her work. The AP report said that Messer does most of her work from the Washington area and hasn’t been present in a meeting in Fishers since 2015.
Head attorneys for Gov. Eric Holcomb generally make between $100,000 and $150,000 a year. The head attorney for the city of Indianapolis makes about $118,999 a year. The lead staff attorney for Fishers makes about $100,000 less than Messer.
AP said Fishers did not provide a complete list of Messer’s billable hours.