- Post 31 August 2012
- By Copy Editor
(FoxNews) - A former employee of Bell, Calif., which made headlines for paying enormous salaries to a slew of officials who now face criminal charges, is suing the city for $837,000 in unused vacation and sick time.
Eric Eggena, who was director of general services in the small Los Angeles suburb, was paid as much as $421,000 a year in total compensation after starting at just $90,000 in 2002, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although he was not among the eight city officials who were arrested in a criminal probe, he was fired when the scandal broke.
"His name came up a lot during our investigation, and he certainly received a suspiciously high salary," Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman told the Los Angeles Times.
Eggena wants to paid for 329 unused sick and vacation days.
The case, which made the city of 35,000 a poster child for public-sector pay packages run amok, came to light in a Times investigation in July 2010. Two months later, the state Attorney General sued eight current and former employees over the excessive salaries, and subsequently brought criminal charges. The mayor and all council members have since resigned or been driven from office. ... continues...