Suspended workers collect paychecks

Thousands in tax dollars paid out to government employees who get sent home
Andy Ouriel
Mar 30, 2013

Students fail classes when they’re banned from school for mischievous behavior.

Professional athletes don’t receive their salaries when facing repercussions for temper tantrums or breaking the rules.

So why do public employees still manage to pull in a paycheck when they’re suspended for alleged wrongdoing?  

Because state law says they can.

Since 2008, public workers employed by four local governments collectively obtained $62,000 while on paid administrative leave, according to a Register analysis of financial data obtained through public records requests.

In addition to paid leave, some employees get back pay after disciplinary action. 

Get today's Register to find out who collected, how much it cost and get a Q&A with officials who responded to requests for their points-of-view, including:  

• Erie County Juvenile Court Judge Robert DeLamatre
• Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar
• Sandusky acting police Chief John Orzech
• Huron city manager Andy White
• Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent Carrie Beier

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Comments

kmcf

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nobodyfromnowhere

Because as the story says its ALLEGED wrong doing. Remember innocent until PROVEN guilty, like it or not it even applies to government workers.

Fireside

How many go on to be hired by yet another govt agency? Or better yet, get the job and back pay back?

Darwin's choice

How about school employees who fail drug tests? Bus drivers? How do you like knowing someone who tested positive for cocaine is driving your children? Thanks to the "unions", this is happening!

Bluto

Got news for you Darwin , the people that do drugs , do it even if they are non-union . And are more likely to be caught because many non -union employers don't require employees to regular drug testing .

KnuckleDragger

You don't know what you are talking about. Please tell me a union shop that does regular drug testing. All of them that I know, only do it if there is an accident or injury, same goes for non-union workplaces. In fact, I have never worked at a non-union place that didn't do drug testing. Very few, aside from the federal gov't subject people to random drug testing due to the cost.

Bluto

I work construction , and I am tested every year , and can be randomed at ANY time . Our shop also goes through a drug awareness class every year as well . Not every shop is required to do it , but it strongly urged by the union . Plus it gives the shops a better insurance rate . Drug awareness is part of our apprentice training program as well . Just like companies , not all unions are the same , so don't lump all together . If you have never worked for a non-union place that hasn't drug tested , you must be pretty young , because before I worked construction I was never drug tested for any of the jobs I worked , All non-union .

KnuckleDragger

I'm in my mid 40s and nonunion employers have been drug testing for the better part of 20 years. But my experience is mostly in the health care and government arena. Results may vary :)

cam

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Darwin's choice

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deertracker

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G George I du kno

Here's an idea. Maybe they should make the people who suspend or fire them pay their salary from their own salary when it is determined they violated their union contract and over disciplined them. Maybe they would make better decisions when disciplining.

JohnDorian12

Yea those public servants who get paid way too little for what they do, really have it made dont they???? GOD I hate this newspaper!!!!!!

JohnDorian12

Comparing cops/fire fighter to pro athletes and school children, that is some great journalism....you get your journalism degree from a Cracker Jack box??? Whatta joke!!!

reserved

Now, now...it's an award winning Cracker Jack box!

God Of Thunder

Doesn't matter if you're union or non-union. It depends on the type of job that you're in, although any company can require drug testing throughout employment.

reserved

Again, it's called due process and yes, at least the SR got one thing right...it's required BY LAW. The bigger point missed by the story is the length of time that employees are on leave WAITING for a decision to be made. Recently in Sandusky, an employee sat on leave for weeks...not days...WEEKS while NO decision was made. Pathetic excuse for leadership!