Cheh Seeks To Block Separation Pay for Fenty Campaign Workers
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh is planning to introduce emergency legislation Tuesday that would prohibit separation pay for former campaign workers of Still Mayor Adrian Fenty who nabbed city jobs just before or even after a city-wide hiring freeze was imposed.
As LL previously reported, the half-dozen or so Fenty faithful who've been brought on during the last months of a lame duck administration (some of them at $70,000 a year salaries) are eligible under current city rules for up to four weeks of separation pay. (LL should have made clear in the previous post that the newly hired Fenty aides are just eligible for the pay, not necessarily guaranteed it. LL's bad!)
Cheh's proposed legislation would limit the political appointees, known as excepted service employees, who can receive separation pay to those who've worked for the city for 180 days or more at the time they leave city employment. That means no $6,000 bonuses for Fenty campaign workers who were only on the job for three months.
The resolution below makes pretty clear where Cheh got the idea for the legislation. So to the taxpayers of D.C.: you are welcome (if it passes).
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