Vicksburg paid retired city clerk $1.4M since '99 - - Jackson, MS

Vicksburg paid retired city clerk $1.4M since '99

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Since City Clerk Paul Rogers retired in June 1999, he has kept working for the city - two years as a consultant, eight as the city's strategic planner, and from 2009 until March, working part-time on the city's 2008 audit.

The Vicksburg Post reports that records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show the city paid Rogers $1.36 million over that 12 ½-year span.

That includes more than $200,000 of the $360,484 paid for the 2008 audit.

The work began two months after Rogers retired as Vicksburg's city clerk.

Laurence Leyens, who was mayor when Rogers returned as a consultant, said Rogers didn't ask for work - the city went to him. He says Rogers is most capable and informed person in Mississippi about municipal finance and accounting.



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