UNION COUNTY – The Union County Improvement Authority’s Board of Commissioners will conduct an independent audit of vacation time taken by Executive Director Charlotte DeFilippo, with respect to the amount of time which accrued and for which she was compensated in lieu of actual vacation, officials announced last night.
According to a report by PolitickerNJ.com, DeFilippo collected $142,000 for unused vacation time over the past nine years.
DeFilippo, who recently announced her retirement effective Aug. 1 from her position, has the contractual right to compensation for unused vacation time.
The audit will be conducted in order to provide the UCIA Board of Commissioners with more information about vacation time during her period of employment, according to the board’s statement. “Ms. DeFilippo has previously agreed to reimburse the UCIA in full for any discrepancies that may arise in unused vacation time sold back exceeding her contractual allowance,” it said.
DeFilippo has maintained that the number of vacation days she has earned equals the number of vacation days she has used or has been compensated for.
Local Finance Board Chairman Tom Neff, appointed by Gov. Chris Christie, has been critical of DeFilippo’s $160,000 annual salary and generous benefits, which include 35 vacation days per year. DeFilippo, who is also stepping down as the head of Union County’s Democratic party organization, suggested that she is being singled out because of partisan politics.
During DeFilippo’s term with the UCIA, the agency worked to finance and construct the five-story Elizabeth I. Kellogg Union County College building in midtown Elizabeth, the home of the Trinitas School of Nursing.
In Linden, the authority built or remodeled four firehouses and dozens of other projects throughout the county were financed through the agency.
The UCIA’s renewable energy project is underway and will allow Union County municipalities, school boards and divisions of county government to benefit from the installation of state-of-the-art solar energy equipment on their facilities without incurring any costs.
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