Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Vernon City Employee Let Go While Officials Probe His Financial Dealings

donal-ocallaghan.jpg
Donal O'Callaghan
Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Donal O'Callaghan was one of several city employees in Vernon, the 5.2 square-mile area south of Downtown L.A. whose public employee's salary was found to be sky-high in the wake of the Bell salary scandal. Now O'Callaghan has been "relieved of his duties while," as officials probe his financial dealings, reports the LA Times."In addition to his annual salary of more than $380,000, Donal O'Callaghan, a city administrator, also received $243,898 in consulting payments from the city," during the first half of 2010. Even more troubling is that the consulting monies came from "Tara Energy Inc., a consulting company headed by O'Callaghan's wife, Kimberly McBride O'Callaghan."

O'Callaghan also had an unusual arrangement for billing "overtime" hours accrued monthly, a practice that is atypical for not only salaried workers, but also for public employees. In 2010, he "billed for 100 to 126 excess hours each month from January through June, earning about $30,000 to $38,000 per month in fees paid to Tara Energy." Records show O'Callaghan was not taking full days off; he even logged 13 hours of work on New Year's Day.