Playing With Fire: New secretary-treasurer to make far less than Hampton

The new secretary-treasurer of the New Orleans Fire Fighter's Pension & Relief Fund will receive $100,000 less than his predecessor.

New board member Thomas Meagher will take a salary of $65,000 a year. State law allows the board's secretary-treasurer to be paid, as opposed to the rest of the board members – they are strictly volunteers.

Retired firefighters voted former secretary-treasurer and CEO Richie Hampton off the board in early September. His salary approached $165,000 a year.

Following our series of reports called "Playing With Fire," Hampton was charged with state ethics violations. Our series showed Hampton served as a board member and a board employee at the same time.

The ethics board settled those charges with Hampton. He paid a $5,000 fine and admitted that he broke state law.