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News Office of the Inspector General Issues Report on Sick Leave Abuse at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department: 2009 to 2016

  • Office of the Inspector General

An OIG investigation found that former Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. knowingly authorized healthy employees to use sizable amounts of sick leave – often several months’ worth – immediately before retiring, a violation of the rules that applied to most Essex County Sheriff’s Department employees. The practice cost taxpayers more than $1,000,000. To read the OIG's report about its investigation, please click here.

Related content: OIG Recommends Changes to Rules Governing Sick and Vacation Leave to Address the Commonwealth’s $558 Million Liability.

Other recent publications are available at: OIG 2017 Reports and Recommendations.