WASHINGTON — Alan C. Nelson, abruptly ousted this week as immigration commissioner, will continue working as a consultant to help smooth the transition for his successor, the Justice Department said Thursday.
Nelson, a holdover from the Reagan Administration who was replaced Monday as head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said he expected to continue working for several months as a consultant.
"There is a lot going on the last eight years that needs to be packaged for the new commissioner," said Nelson, commissioner since 1981.
Nelson said he would be paid the top consulting rate of $284.50 per day, the equivalent of an annual salary of $73,970. As commissioner, Nelson earned $80,700.