Sedgwick County DA Gives Out $106K In Bonuses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Saturday, December 23, 2012

The Sedgwick County district attorney is giving out $106,500 in year-end payments to staff, a practice that's not done in other county departments and that also comes alongside regular county raises.

District Attorney Nola Foulston's office has 119 employees and is paying incentives ranging from $500 to $3,000 this year to 71 professional and executive staff members. Her staff is also eligible for performance-based raises through the county's regular 2.5 percent raise pool.

Foulston has been awarding the performance-based incentives since 2001. Budget director David Miller said no other county department gives such incentives.

Foulston calls the performance-based incentives "deferred compensation" for members of her staff who earn the money for above-and-beyond work, and said she also annually returns unspent funds to the county.

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