The salary for Nebraska's new education commissioner is less than what his predecessor got.
The annual salary for Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt will be $200,000, according to his contract.
The one-year contract between Blomstedt and the Nebraska State Board of Education took effect Jan. 2.
It can be extended by agreement of both parties.
Blomstedt formerly worked as the executive director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council, created by law in 2007 to oversee the work of Nebraska's 17 educational service units.
As education commissioner, Blomstedt is chief executive of the Education Department and serves at the behest of the state board.
The commissioner enforces state education policies and rules that affect education throughout Nebraska.
His predecessor, former Elkhorn Public Schools Superintendent Roger Breed, was hired commissioner in 2008 for a salary of $207,500.
Breed retired last June with an annual salary of $211,650.
Like Breed, Blomstedt will receive a $4,800 annual car allowance. He also is eligible for all benefits available to permanent full-time employees of the Nebraska Department of Education, including vacation and sick leave.
Blomstedt, of Central City, Neb., completed a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last year. He and his wife, Angela, have five children.