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How much will New Hanover County save in Sheriff Sid Causey’s early retirement?

David Reynolds
StarNews

Former Sheriff Sid Causey’s retirement brought New Hanover County less than $1,000 in savings in salary for this fiscal year. But officials said the move will bring greater savings next year, when the county doesn’t pay him the retirement incentive he received this year. Causey’s term would have continued into the summer of 2010.

Facing a $3 million budget gap, New Hanover County [Map this] offered longtime employees financial incentives to take early retirement. Employees with 30 years or more of service received the greatest incentive, which was 480 hours of their salary, said Interim Human Resources Director Andre Mallette.

Since Causey had worked in area law enforcement for more than 30 years, and currently earned a salary of $144,226, he received the maximum incentive, which was $33,282.91, Mallette said.

Since Causey’s replacement, Sheriff Ed McMahon, earns $110,000, the county saves $34,226 by paying McMahon a lower salary than Causey was due to receive this year.

The net savings, with the payout, is $943.09.

Although not all of Causey’s career was with the sheriff’s office, Mallette said other jurisdictions can be considered as part of the same retirement system.

While the county maximized savings in some branches of government by not filling positions vacated by retirees, Mallette said that wasn’t an option with the sheriff position.

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2 Responses to “ How much will New Hanover County save in Sheriff Sid Causey’s early retirement?”

  1. On August 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm Wilmington Taxpayer wrote:

    The total savings could amount to millions, now that Sid’s no longer Sheriff and the County isn’t sued by his lack of leadership and oversight.

    During his tenure as Sheriff, how much money did the County pay out in lawsuit settlements to avoid going to court? Remember Peyton Strickland?

  2. On August 16, 2010 at 11:35 am Wilmington local wrote:

    I remember him, he’s the guy who did this right??

    “The warrants, issued for Strickland and UNC-W student Ryan David Mills, charged the two with armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering a vehicle, alleging that they assaulted UNC-W student Justin Raines, of Apex, and took two PlayStation 3s from him on Nov. 17.

    Authorities said one suspect allegedly beat Raines with a 6-inch blunt object while another suspect allegedly stole the game consoles. Mills, of Durham, who lives at another Wilmington address, was arrested and later released on bond.”- WWAY

    Not saying he should be shot, but when you don’t rob people, these kinds of things happen.



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