City blogger Kevin Brookman posted today that while Jared Kupiec, Mayor Pedro Segarra’s former chief of staff, left June 21, he will be on the city payroll through late September. (Yikes!)
We checked in with the city on this. Kupiec will be on the books through Sept. 27 because of “runout” — a practice wherein certain employees receive payments for unused vacation and holiday time. But according to the mayor’s office, Kupiec already has received a lump sum payment for his unused holiday and vacation time (along with 2 1/2 weeks’ severance). So he’s on the books but not receiving a paycheck.
If this sounds odd to you, you’re not alone. The city contends that having Kupiec on the books for the remainder of his unused time is just a formality. It’s a policy that’s been in place for unclassified employees, and the city is looking to get rid of it. Segarra has put forth a proposal to the city council seeking to end the practice of “runout.” It was introduced last month as part of a package of proposed changes.
If you’re curious how much Kupiec’s lump sum payment is (for unused vacation and holiday time, as well as severance pay), click here: Kupiec Lump Sum
Hint: It’s more than $36,000
Tuesday Night Update: A source with knowledge of city hall operations has told Cityline that certain employees may stay on the books, even though they’ve received a lump sum payment, during the course of the “runout” so they can remain on the city’s health insurance plan.