Chief Deputy Vicki Harrison's resignation last month from the Ingham County Sheriff's Office has shed light on a system that continues to pay salary and benefits to long-tenured managers months after they leave.
The county will pay six months of Harrison's
$93,000-a-year salary, in accordance with county policy, which officials say has been in effect at least 20 years.Her
medical and dental insurance coverage also will be paid for six months from the date of her
Nov. 17 resignation.The payouts and benefits will end if she
finds another job during that time.Harrison had been chief deputy since 1997.
In that position, she
was the agency's third-highest-ranking official.
- who started working for the sheriff's office in 1986 - has more than 10 years of service, she
also is eligible to apply for a six-month extension of her
salary and benefits if she
does not find another job.
"It's not unique to Vicki
could not be reached for comment at a phone number previously associated with her
In exchange for her
agreed not to take legal action against the sheriff's office.
A copy of the resignation agreement, which was obtained by the Lansing State Journal
through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows Harrison
also will receive unused paid time off, as well as $1,800 in longevity pay.
The amount of longevity pay is based on seniority and is paid annually.
had a good record of service to the community."
...Victor Celentino, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said if Harrison does find another job, the payouts and health benefits cease.
...Sheriff: Deputy chose to resign Soon after word got out that Ingham County sheriff's Chief Deputy Vicki Harrison had resigned, dozens of people commented on a State Journal blog about how there was more to the story, saying her resignation resulted from internal strife at the sheriff's office.