Aspen inspector’s retirement comes with bill
July 28, 2010
ASPEN – The retirement of city electrical inspector Tom Parry will cost Aspen and Pitkin County $71,295 – a cost to be split by the two governments.
The sum includes a retirement bonus equal to six months of his salary, plus accrued vacation time, comp time and sick time, according to a memo to county commissioners, who were presented with a supplemental budget request for half of the expenditure, or $35,650, on Tuesday.
Parry was a city employee before retiring July 23, but the two governments split the expenses associated with the position. With a tenure of more than 30 years with the city, he had a retirement package that does not exist today, explained Cindy Houben, director of Community Development for the county.
The county’s budget for the position will now be allocated to paying for half of the city’s other electrical inspector position for the remainder of the year. That sum comes to $22,532 for the county.
The county is required by the state to do electrical inspections.
County Manager Hilary Fletcher said she is not aware of any other employment scenarios involving city employees that commit the county to paying out a similar retirement package.