Jul 14, 2013 3:57 PM by Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four Los Angeles County officials who retired or resigned in the past three years received tens of thousands of dollars in severance pay usually reserved for employees who have been fired.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1dw5SVL) Chief Executive William Fujioka authorized nearly $400,000 in severance payments to the executives. The money was issued at the oral direction of Fujioka's office and there were no public documents explaining the rationale in each case.
It is not clear why the cases were not submitted to the county Board of Supervisors for a vote. The five county supervisors declined comment to the newspaper about the payments.
County employees don't receive severance pay when they leave county service, nor do most department heads who resign or retire.
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