Can you say chutzpah? Former Waterbury, Connecticut, Mayor Philip Giordano has sent a letter to the city demanding $61,000 for unused vacation, sick, and personal days he claims he earned during three terms in office that ended when he was arrested for molesting two preteen girls in his office.
The letter was sent from the Garner Correctional Facility where Giordano is serving 37 years to life on federal civil rights charges and is awaiting trial on state charges for the alleged molestation.
The notion that mayors can save up vacation time and cash it out later came as news to former Waterbury Mayor Edward D. Bergin Jr., who told the Waterbury Republican-American that the city should respond to Giordano's letter with a terse rejection.
"It's outrageous," Bergin said.
By Giordano's calculations, the city owes him for 13 weeks of vacation, 99 sick days, and 27 personal days. His letter claims that it was established policy that mayors could roll over the unused time off through their terms in office and cash out upon leaving.
The current city administration disagrees, and a spokesman said the city charter makes no provision for sick, personal, or vacation days for elected officials. Current Waterbury Mayor Michael Jarjura said his understanding is that the salary he receives is all-inclusive and there is no sick time accrual.
Giordano was near the end of his third two-year term in July 2001 when he was arrested on the child sex charges, which came to light during a federal corruption probe.
Sources: Waterbury Republican-American (paid archive) and ABC News.