Weis Pocketed Unused Vacation Payout: Report

Weis said the city vetted his unused vacation payout

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:50 AM CDT
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Weis Pocketed Unused Vacation Payout: Report

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Chicago's former top cop left the beat with a big check in his pocket. 

Former police superintendent Jody Weis received $76,308 for his 64 unused vacation days when his contract expired in March, the Sun-Times reports

Weis received the highest payout among 1,026 city employees during the transition from Mayor Richard Daley's administrations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel between September 2010 and June 15, 2011.

City employees with fewer than six years on the job typically can earn 13 days of vacation time in a year while employees with at least 25 years of service can earn the maximum of 25 days. 

Workers can carry over up to one year vacation time and redeem it  for compensation if they resign.

Rules require city employees to earn vacation in the first year to use the next year since they're not granted vacation during their first year of service.

The Sun-Times reports Weis' lump-sum is raising eyebrows for several reasons. The civilian employee claimed vacation days in his first year, and he collected 25 vacation days that year, 2009 and 2010.

Weis received the maximum vacation time given to sworn employees after taking a firearms course.

The former top cop told the Sun-Times in an e-mail the city vetted his unused vacation payout.

"Individuals are entitled, by policy, to be compensated for vacation time that they earn but do not use," Weis wrote.

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