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Former State Treasure, Andy Dillon, Still Receiving Paycheck

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The new state treasurer, for the first time, has stepped into the controversy regarding the former state treasurer Andy Dillon, who left the post last November. However, he remains on the state payroll at the rate of $174,000 a year.

 

 

Ironically, former State Treasurer Andy Dillon left the Snyder Administration because he concluded he was a political liability for the governor, but turns out he still is.

The governor taped Kevin Clinton to replace Dillon and then asked Dillon to stay on to facilitate the transition.  At the time, the governor did not reveal Dillon would be paid the same salary he made when he was a state employee and there was no announcement on how long he would stay on. The former house speaker has been on the job for around two and a half months.

The Senate Democratic Leader east Lansing Sen. Gretchen Whitmer wants an investigation into this and other pay increases for other treasury officials. The State Democratic Chair Lon Johnson calls this a scandal.

What nobody can determine is how many hours Dillon is working for his over $3,000 a week paycheck. Since he's supposed to be advising the new director, how many times a week do they communicate?

"I couldn't tell you that right now," said Clinton. "Initially, certainly, hum, you know, ah, currently probably not," he answered on whether it was more than two times a week.

So what is Dillon? The treasury department say he is working on the Detroit Bankruptcy pension issue, has given speeches and has contact with the governor's office.

"I'm just surprised people are upset about it," said Clinton.

"We've got to have accountability in government. People do get upset," commented Whitmer. "I don't know what Mr. Dillon is doing. That's the point."

 

 

As for the salary which democrats think is out of line, Clinton says, "do I think it's fair? Sure."

 

Dillon is expected to be off the payroll within the next one to two weeks.

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