When Tony Crapp Jr. walked away from the Miami city manager job on Monday -- leaving unsolved a gaping $40 million budget gap and a troubled police force -- he got a nice parting gift from Magic City taxpayers.
Crapp left City Hall with a handsome $155,000 severance package, Riptide has learned. Adios, Tony!
Crapp's payout comes from unused vacation and sick leave stockpiled during his 14-plus years with the city, mostly as an aide to Mayor Tomas Regalado.
His 362 hours of vacation equal $32,197 and 462 hours of unused sick leave are worth $41,090. Crapp's contract as city manager also included a clause guaranteeing two months of paid administrative leave with health insurance, which he cashed out for another $42,691, according to city payroll documents.
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Crapp's severance package is the second nice payout in the last two weeks for a hastily departing bureaucrat; Blogger Al Crespo reports that Larry Spring -- who resigned as the city's chief financial officer on June 9th -- got $125,734 on his way out the door.
Meanwhile, City Hall's finest minds are banging their heads against the wall this morning trying to figure out how to clean up the financial mess Spring and Crapp opted to walk away from.
Hmmm, if only there was a quick, easy way to get back $270,000 for taxpayers ...