Police Vacation Day Policy Changed In Light Of Weis’ Big Payout

CHICAGO (CBS) — After a controversial payout to former police Supt. Jody Weis, the new superintendent is making some major policy changes.

Weis made headlines last month upon revelations that when he left his $310,000 per year job at the beginning of March, he collected a lump-sum payment of $76,308 for 64 accrued vacation days he never used.

Now, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, Supt. Garry McCarthy has reversed a policy change in the department last year, which had allowed command personnel to carry as many as 39 unused vacation days from one year to another. Only 25 vacation days can be carried over now, as was the case for all sworn personnel before the change.

City Human Resources Commissioner Soo Choi said the policy change could be implemented more broadly across city government, the Sun-Times reported.

In addition to Weis, his 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 last month.

Weis recently took a new position as deputy director of the Chicago Crime Commission, where he vows to help “tamp down” gang and gun violence.

  • tom Sharp

    If they can carry over 25 a year (down from 39 a year!!), how many days do they get? He was only there a few years. With holidays, they might be getting close to two months off a year. Fix THAT policy!!!

  • Jim

    Why not a “use it or lose it” policy like the rest of us?

  • Lyndia

    Jim, that makes a lot of sense to me.

  • Larry Fredricks

    This is a no brainer. Vacation time is money earned. Just because you don’t use it, doesn’t mean you lose it. My employer pays my unused vacation time on the anniversary of my start date.

    • tom Sharp

      Two big differences Larry: 1) Your employer is not the taxpayer! 2) You probably didn’t get 5 or 6 weeks of annual vacation time in the first 3 years of employment. Some of these guys work 20+ years and collect pay at their last rate for vacation days earned when they were making one-third that amount. It’s just another patronage perk from City Hall.

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