Richard "Jake" Jacobsen, 65, gets the county's eighth-highest salary despite working for UNC Charlotte's Institute for Social Capital, a nonprofit organization.
As they try to reduce a $78.9 million deficit in next year's budget, Mecklenburg County commissioners are promising to scrutinize all expenses. But County Manager Harry Jones says they should continue to pay the former Department of Social Services director, even though he no longer works for the county.
Today's story explains that under an arrangement between Jacobsen and county leaders, he will stay on the public payroll until his retirement in February 2010.
Jacobsen and the county drafted a "memorandum of understanding" on the arrangement. It detailed his pay and other expenses, including that he be "provided with a vehicle," according to the rules governing the use of county vehicles.
Click here to read the memo.