Thursday, November 22, 2001

Deerfield Twp. OKs payouts for retiring workers

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Trustees recently approved more than $37,000 in unused vacation, sick and comp time for an employee who plans to retire Dec. 31, and for the township's former administrator.

        The larger amount — $30,658 — went to former administrator Hazel Dotson for more than 1,000 hours of unused vacation, sick and comp time she accumulated during her 17-year career with the township.

        Parks employee Ted Farquer, who has worked for the township since 1985, will receive $6,536 for more than 400 hours of unused sick time. Mr. Farquer plans to retire Dec. 31.

        Andrew Dudas, senior project manager for the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs at Miami University in Oxford, said it's not unusual for employees to receive payouts of accumulated sick time at the end of employment, or upon retirement.

        “It can vary depending on the township,” Mr. Dudas said.

        Mrs. Dotson, who retired Oct. 31 as director of storm water drainage management, spent about half her time with the township as its top administrator. She oversaw the newly created Storm Water Drainage Task Force, which was formed after the July 17 storms caused severe flooding.

        Public works project coordinator Joel Smiddy, the former township zoning inspector, has taken over the storm water task force.


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