Report: Weis Took Home $76K Lump Sum

CHICAGO (CBS) — There is still no word on the next career move for Jody Weis after his three years as Chicago’s police superintendent.

But as WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, he has a cushion from the city as he looks for his next job.

Weis resigned on March 1 when his contract expired, and then-Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had already made it clear he would not keep the police superintendent in his post.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that upon leaving his $310,000 per year job, Weis collected a lump-sum payment of $76,308 for 64 accrued vacation days he never used.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Weis’ former chief of staff, Mike Masters, left his nearly $170,000 a year job with a payment of $30,448 for 54 unused vacation days, the Sun-Times reported.

The newspaper reports the Police Department awards 25 vacation days to sworn personnel, but only 13 for civilian employees. Weis fell into the sworn personnel category after taking a firearms course that allowed him to carry a gun and wear a police uniform, the Sun-Times reported.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Sun-Times determined those payouts are among $7.4 million for 1,026 city employees who were paid for their unused vacation days during the transition from the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley to that of Emanuel.

Besides Weis, the highest of those payments went to Chicago Fire Department brass who left the department between September of last year, when Mayor Daley announced his retirement, and the present month.

  • Curt

    Why is this news? He didn’t take the vacation days, he gets paid for it…..big deal!

  • johnw

    Government employees are paid too much and get too many benefits.

  • Stewart

    Hmmm, all of the brass jumping ship when Mayor Daley’s term was over? Sounds like they were afraid someone might look at their compensation packages. DId not take 54 vacation days? Make it manditory, use it or lose ot to prevent the lump sum paymenys, I am sure he was out of the office plenty without “taking a vacation day”.

  • Jim

    Looks like the city needs to adapt the “use it or lose it” policy from the private sector!

  • Chicago

    As a sworn officer he is NOT entitled to 25 vacation days with less than three years on the job.
    As a civilian he is NOT entitled to 25 vacation days – only 12.

    I don’t know which he or Masters or Brust was considered – sworn or civilian.

    But this is just theft and I hope that someone goes and locks them up for it!

  • tom Sharp

    Just wondering how much he got for “unused sick days.” No wonder the city is broke!

  • Kelly

    He is doing exactly what the rest of us would do if we left a job with accrued vaction days…expect to get paid for it. I am confused as to why the media is trying to make this look like some scandal.

  • working man

    The good old chicago B.S. and the city is broke and asking techers to take a cut now we know why.

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