LINCOLN, Neb. — A legal opinion issued by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office says nearly $58,000 in payments made to three departing Nebraska Parole Board members for unused sick and vacation time were improper.
The Omaha World-Herald reports that the opinion, issued Friday, agreed with a finding by the State Auditor’s Office that the payments should not have been made.
The state auditor in May criticized the agency for making the payments in 2014-15. The chairwoman of the five-member board, Rosalyn Cotton, defended the payouts, saying they had been a longtime practice.
The opinion Friday found that appointed members of the Parole Board do not fit the definition of “state employees,” who are entitled to such payouts when they leave a state job.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com