I-Team: Ex-Erie County leader accused of rape collected $10,000 in unused time off

Posted at 4:15 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 18:31:54-04

Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger, who suddenly resigned late last December, collected more than $10,000 for unused time off as he left his position.

Shortly after his resignation, sexual abuse allegations came out against Dirschberger. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz requested Dirschberger resign after he was made aware of an "alleged serious incident".

According to documents obtained by the 7 Eyewitness News I-Team, Dirschberger received $10,292.17 after resigning. That came from unused holiday, vacation, and comp time cash outs.

Dirschberger's gross pay was $19,452.12. After deducting $9,159.95 in taxes, the ex-commissioner walked away with over $10,000. The largest payout came from his vacation cash out, which totaled $13,746.22.

A spokesperson for County Executive Poloncarz told 7 Eyewitness News in a statement "Any employee who leaves county service is allowed to cash in their unused accrued time (vacation time) at the end of their time with the county; it's a common practice."

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