According to tens of thousands of emails and documents released by the office of Gov. Rick Snyder, it has been proven that state officials granted extra pay to over 30 state workers assigned to the Flint water crisis.
Though the records don’t usually indicate the amount of overtime. And extra pay awards in total, the cases recently uncovering show the water emergency results in officials receiving thousands of dollars in extra pay individually.
The correlation comes from the departments of Health and Human Services; Environmental Quality; Treasury; Technology, Management, and Budget; and Agriculture and Rural Development.
The most recent reports mark the fourth set of emails released by the governor in response to the city’s water crisis. In January, the state released over 300 pages of emails related to Flint water issues, including a handful written by Gov. Snyder. In late February, thousands of additional emails and documents were releasing. And according to state officials the documents viewed in March went unnoticed in earlier statements.
In one case, George Krisztian, who was assigns to act as a DEQ point of contact on the Flint crisis. Receives an increase of 5 percent in pay, bringing his annual salary to $104,568 by the end of 2015.
Documents released Friday, April 15. Show that deputy director Sheryl Thompson of M.D.H.H.S field operations administration received a bonus of 5 percent in early 2016 for leading a departmental response to the water crisis. By increasing her annual pay to $142,014.
Although Snyder and his executive staff are immune from Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. The governor pledged to release his emails related to the water crisis during his State of the State address in January.
After continuous calls for the governor to make all of his communications on Flint water public. The governor slowly began exposing the emails. However, Snyder claims he only understood how serious the emergency was at the beginning of October. Despite more than a year of protests, rallies, and complaints from residents and city officials. The governor has also said he didn’t learn of suspicions from Genesee County. And state government employees that a Legionnaries’ disease outbreak starting in 2014 could be relating to Flint water.
The water crisis unfolds while the city was run by a succession of emergency financial managers appointing by Snyder from 2011 until 2014.
Since state regulators never requires the river water to be treating to make it less corrosive. Lead leaching into the water supply from plumbing and pipes.
Even though the city reconnects to the Detroit water system in October, the local, state. Also federal officials have said that people should not drink Flint water unless it passes through a lead clearing filter.