ST. PAUL, Minn. -- John Gunyou realizes he has not taken the typical career path by consistently moving down the pay scale as he has gone from private consultant, to Minneapolis finance commissioner, to Minnesota state finance commissioner.

"Somebody asked me once whether I've been moving in the wrong direction," he said. "Obviously, as a private consultant I took a huge pay cut going to the city, and I took another pay cut taking this job [finance commissioner]."

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