Regarding John DePetro's Jan. 9 letter ("What made former flack worth an extra $43,000?"): Why was Amy Kempe hired at the Community College of Rhode Island as marketing and communications leader at $127,000 annually when the prior marketing director at the college performed these tasks for $84,800?

Was this position widely advertised, thus letting Rhode Island's respected institution entice the most qualified professional?

Was a professional search firm hired to independently identify experienced and qualified candidates?

This reader is not against Ms. Kempe's success, but I am curious about the college's protocols for professional employment.

This reader is not against the state compensating a proven marketing talent with a broad knowledge of community college educational issues and who has experience and a proven positive track record. Great talent often costs a premium.

But unless the college personnel team searched widely for a marketing professional, then proper due diligence was not provided Ocean State taxpayers.

Walter Thorne

Providence