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Questions of "Double Compensation" for Former County Official

Questions of "Double Compensation" for Former County Official



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John Daley reporting More fallout from the scandal, which forced three Salt Lake County executives to resign amid questions about personal use of county vehicles, theft, and reimbursement.

Now, questions about "double compensation" for one former top official.

It's not a question of whether it's illegal, -the issue is the rules vary widely.

Until two days ago Utah House Majority leader Greg Curtis served as the County Mayor's Legal Counsel.

He resigned after admitting he got reimbursed almost 800 dollars in state mileage while driving a county SUV.

Now, questions about his pay.

As a political appointee--he can keep both his state pay and county pay--something the rules don't allow for others.

But documents obtained by Eyewitness News--through a government records request--raise new questions.

Each legislative session, Curtis takes a 45-day leave without pay from his county job. He is paid $120 dollars a day legislative salary.

Curtis also does legislative business dozens of other days a year, out of session. For each he gets paid, 120 dollars a day by the state, this on top of the roughly 386 dollars a day he gets paid by Salt Lake County. Our investigation found more than 100 days over the past 4 years for which that happened. This earned Curtis more than 17-thousand dollar from the state on those days--this on top of a six figure county salary.

Government watchdog groups say the situation raises serious questions--about "double compensation."

Mike Jerman, Utah Taxpayers Assn.: "The issue of getting paid for two jobs, while doing one job at least part of the time, is something that needs to be scrutinized."

Claire Geddes, Utah Legislative Watch: "That appears to be double dipping to me. I have a problem with that and i think most county residents would."

Greg Curtis declined our request for an interview on this story.

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