Think about that for a minute. 21,000.00 a month and you don’t even have to go to work anymore. That’s more then $5000 a week, and right around $131 an hour on an average eight hour day.
Now let’s add in that the person receiving that amount is under indictment for eight felony counts of theft and four felony counts of official misconduct, according to court records.
The grand jury indictment accuses him of stealing more than $500,000 from a west suburban village, in part by manipulating his employment contracts and deceiving the Village Board in what some say was an attempt to inflate his pension.
A 2010 Tribune investigation revealed that this person had been paid $472,255 in 2009 for holding 10 job titles — from mayoral assistant to public safety CEO — in the town of 20,000 and from cashing out a generous allowance of unused sick and vacation time. When He retired early the next year, the pay spike inflated his annual pension, then the highest of any retiree in the statewide pension system that serves municipal workers outside Chicago.
According to a past Harwood Heights trustee (linked below) he wasn’t much better there. “The village hired an economic development director at the start of Arlene Jezierny’s term in office. I thought good idea. I voted to approve the move. McCampbell received $5,000 per month. He was supposed to give a monthly report of what he was doing to earn that money. The contract between the village and him required a monthly report. How many reports did I receive/see? None. What was he doing? Google him? When Roy McCampbell was to be approved to renew his contract with the village after one year, he appeared on the front page of the Chicago Tribune as the Half Million Dollar a Year Man. He held several positions, village accountant, treasurer, attorney, etc., etc., in the Village of Bellwood and his yearly salary was $500,000 per year plus the 60,000 he was receiving from Harwood Heights as our Director of Economic Development.”
This is all very disturbing, but am I wrong to think that if an indictment covers something that may have increased someone’s pension benefits illegally it should be suspended pending the outcome of a court trial? Wouldn’t it be prudent that the state require a recalculation of actual benefits following the trial and require a return of overpaid funds? It seems only fair that the state would get back what was allegedly illigally taken from us.
All very disturbing
Facebook Post by Former Harwood Heights Trustee found here