Anyone with half a brain would look at numbers like these and wonder what the hell is going on in Greene County. With just 50,000 residents, Greene County has a little over a quarter the population of Ulster (approx 180,000 residents as of 2010). What could Mathes have been doing that could possibly justify such a salary?
And it gets worse. Mathes left under a cloud regarding his salary, and rightly so. But he continued to receive salary and benefits well after his resignation, according to Patricia Doxsey at the Freeman:
Mathes is a former member of the Greene County Legislature who became the head of the county’s Industrial Development Agency in 2002. He left the agency in 2011 amid significant criticism over his salary and bonus structure. Mathes’ salary rose from $75,000 in 2002 to $130,000 in 2010, and he also received bonuses of as much as $175,000.Mathes also received a nice benefits package with his golden parachute, according to Doron Tyler Antrim at the Daily Mail:
Under a “separation agreement” with Greene County, Mathes drew a $2,525.48 weekly salary through Feb. 28.
His first day as an Ulster County employee was March 5.
He was also given 45 vacation days and continued health insurance for the remainder of 2011.I'm sure we'd all like to know how such a small county can justify all of this. And I'm sure all of us would like to know how WE can get a job that pays $6,000 per week -- and then an additional $131,000 per year for doing...nothing!
WTF? It makes you wonder whether some of this money was making its way into the pockets of someone other than Mathes. I would also think a FOIL request for this "separation agreement" would be in order. How long was Greene County willing to keep paying him?
And does our attorney general know about all of this? If not, he should.