By Paula Steriti and Josh Resnek
Mayor DeMaria was allowed to cash in sick days and vacation days twice and received $20,000 “buy-back”payments twice on separate dates and then was issued a $40,000 longevity payment from a Human Resources money account without the payment being noted in the city budget.
A Leader Herald investigation reveals that the two $20,000 “buy-back” payments were credited to the mayor.
The first $20,000 payment was credited to the mayor on January 21, 2021.
The second $20,000 payment was credited to the mayor on January April 29, 2021
An investigation into how and why the payment was made began with a search of the city budget.
The payment did not show up in the mayor’s office budget section.
Following a public information request, the payment was shown to have been made from a Human Resources account – not with a $40,000 entry, rather, with two $20,000 entries, and there was no name attached to the payments, according to official spread sheets provided by the city of Everett.Continue reading “Hidden Longevity Payment For Mayor DeMaria Revealed After Investigation”