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While under investigation in an FBI public corruption case, Opa-locka’s city manager directed tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to himself for benefits he was not entitled to as the city teetered on the edge of financial collapse.
Just days after David Chiverton was identified by FBI informants as a suspect in the criminal investigation, the 51-year-old city manager approved two payments totaling nearly $40,000 to himself in what are violations of the city’s policies for employees, the Miami Herald found.
One of the payments for $14,160 was for unused vacation time and the other — $24,982 — was for sick time that far exceeded what he was allowed to receive under the city’s rules.
While Chiverton was receiving the payments, the city was struggling to cut costs amid a financial meltdown so dire that the governor’s office might still have to declare a state of emergency. On Wednesday night, commissioners slashed the work week for most employees to 32 hours to cut costs.
Chiverton, who was appointed acting city manager in November, acknowledged he received two payments recently “to take care of unforeseen expenses,” but said his actions did not violate the city’s rules.