South Hadley Electric Light former manager seeking payout

Wayne Doerpholz was placed on leave last year

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts’ Inspector General has cautioned the South Hadley Electric Light Department to withhold payouts to its former manager for unused vacation and sick leave.

Inspector General Glenn Cunha said Wayne Doerpholz is seeking nearly a half-million dollars. Doerpholz is claiming 400 days of unused vacation and 450 days of unused sick time, with an expected payout of more than $450,000.

Just last week, Governor Charlie Baker proposed legislation to cap sick leave at no more than 1,000 hours, or 6 months of work. He said, “I certainly think I expressed our concern on the legislation we filed, which was try and create a system that we believe would be fair to state employees, and at the same time fair to tax payers and others.”

Doerpholz was placed on leave last year. Cunha said Doerpholz’s entitled to about $15,000 for unused vacation, and no reimbursement for unused sick time.

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