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Youngstown gave severance packages to two former workers

Published: Fri, May 9, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick



The city’s board of control approved a $23,108 severance package for a former fire-department captain being investigated for improperly taking money from the city firefighters union’s account and a $24,063 severance to a fired health- department official.

The board voted Thursday to approve the payments to former Fire Capt. Destry Rush, who resigned April 13, and Cicero Davis III, the former director of environmental health, who was fired April 15.

City Law Director Martin Hume, who sits on the board, said there isn’t a choice in paying the two former employees the severances because it is money — largely for unused vacation time — owed to them.

“These were not extra benefits provided to” them, Hume said. “They were earned.”

Rush served as treasurer of the Youngstown Professional Fire Fighters, International Association of Firefighters Local 312.

An announcement about an undisclosed amount of money improperly taken was made April 14, the day after Rush’s sudden resignation.

City police are investigating.

Rush, hired in 1993, was earning about $62,000 annually as a fire captain.

Of the $23,108 Rush is receiving, $15,048 is for unused sick time, $7,154 for unused vacation time, and the rest for unpaid accumulated time, and extra pay for hazardous duty and a uniform allowance.

Davis, who earned about $56,000 annually, surrendered his state registration as a sanitarian March 26 as part of an agreement with the Ohio Sanitarian Registration Board.

He admitted incompetence, unprofessional conduct and dereliction of duty, but not allegations he forged inspection reports. An internal city investigation in April 2013 determined that Davis falsified records and possessed sexually explicit material on his work computer.

Davis has a May 22 hearing in front of the city’s Civil Service Commission regarding employment with the health department. Davis isn’t disqualified from applying for other employment with the city.

Of the $24,063 Davis is receiving, $17,830 was for unused sick time, $5,891 for unused vacation time, and the rest for compensatory time and a quarterly bonus for not being off sick for a three-month period.


1daar2055(54 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

You fired one and another is being investigated for theif in office makes them entitled to severence pay. Wow that is pretty special. Ppl that work for the city are over payed and under work. Late for work everyday and take 2 hours or more for lunch.

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2billdog1(5942 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

daar, what you say may be true for the few, but the majority I would think are good employees. Like the Packard Electric and GM most of the employees are good people, just we always hear of the few bad ones. This makes some people assume that all the employees are of that ilk. To say anybody is overpaid leads me to believe you just have a job that is underpaid, and requires no skill set, certification, license or education

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3glbtactivist(321 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

It's time every severance package for a city employee be published in the paper so we can see where our money is being wasted.

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42muchtax(897 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Vote no on all taxes because they handed these two severances out and 222,000 in the last 6 months. One was the guy in charge of the mental disability patients sat home for 6 months then they gave him another111,000$ pAyout! If this was a private company they would of just been fired! It seems easy to waste taxpayers money!

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5jfuze0905(82 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Earned vacation time payout is mandated by law. Sick time payout is not. Sick time payout is typically dependent on either the employment contract signed or an entitlement forced upon the taxpayer by the union...

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6DontBanThisDrone(1046 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Why not, it's free money.


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