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.