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Perry O’Malley gets $325,000 in job settlement agreement

June 16, 2017 News Extra

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The Butler County Housing and Redevelopment Authority has settled its legal battle with former executive director Perry O’Malley.

According to the settlement, O’Malley was paid $325,000. His annual salary was $128,000 at the time of his firing.

The authority in 2015 fired O’Malley, alleging abuse of travel and sick time, using authority resources for private business and neglecting his duties.

O’Malley appealed the termination, citing age discrimination.

The Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission last year ruled O’Malley should be reinstated.

According to the commission, claims of O’Malley’s private business endeavors being a conflict of interest, abusing travel and travel expenses, and neglecting duties resulting in uncollectible debts and failed projects were unsubstantiated.

But the commission did rule a suspension was warranted because his personal use of resources and abuse of sick time violated the employee handbook and had a negative impact on authority employee job performance.

The authority appealed the reinstatement with Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

After reaching a settlement last month, the authority petitioned the court to discontinue the appeal, which happened June 1.

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