City Slickers

City Slickers
October 11, 2012

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)

The city of Bell, California will go down in infamy as eight city officials face criminal corruption charges for “allegedly looting the city [of 35,000 residents] to pay for their astronomical salaries and generous retirement benefits.”

Now a former city official, fired as part of the criminal probe but not charged, is suing the city for 329 days of unused sick pay and vacation time, a total of $837,000 in addition to the $421,000 a year he was paid at the peak of his time with the city. He started at $90,000 in 2002, but his pay was raised over the years.

A total yearly compensation package of $1.5 million was paid to the city’s chief administrative officer, and the former police chief was paid $457,000 annually. The former police chief is suing the city for severance pay.

The city paid the biggest compensation package--$1.5 million per year--to the chief city administrator.

Source: “Fired official from Bell, California, sues for $837G in sick, vacation pay,” Fox News, August 29, 2012

Maureen Martin

Maureen Martin passed away on February 5, 2013. The Heartland Institute's page in tribute to her... (read full bio)