City to pay outgoing official $58,000

Posted at 12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-13 12:57:23-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The City of Richmond will pay outgoing Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services Dr. Carolyn Graham nearly $60,000 in one day next month.

Earlier this week Graham and the city “reached a mutual agreement” that resulted in Graham leaving her job. Monday’s announcement came after a series of investigative reports into Richmond’s Department of Social Services by CBS 6 reporter Catie Beck.

Last month Beck broke news that a drastic decrease in the number of abuse and neglect petitions filed by the city, on behalf of abused children, had prompted a state investigation.

So why is Graham getting $58,000 in payments from the city next month?

“In accordance with Ordinance Number 2004-356-351, section 3, Dr. Graham was granted three (3) months of severance pay at her current annual rate of pay,” the mayor’s press secretary Tammy Hawley wrote in an email to CBS 6. “The severance pay will be paid to her in a lump-sum payment on January 18, 2013. Severance pay is calculated at $40,000.

“She will receive payment for her vacation leave balance (240 hours), effective as of December 28, 2012. The vacation leave is calculated at her current annual rate of pay and will also be paid to her in a lump-sum payment on January 18, 2013. Vacation pay is calculated at $18,463.20.”

Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall will take over Graham’s position until another interim deputy is named, mayor’s spokeswoman Tammy Hawley added.