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Ex-Charlottesville police chief getting paycheck until July

October 1, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials say Charlottesville, Virginia’s former police chief is still receiving his salary although he resigned after a scathing report about the law enforcement response to a deadly white nationalist rally last year.

City spokesman Brian Wheeler told The Daily Progress on Monday that Al Thomas isn’t on active duty but will remain on the city’s payroll through July 15. He says Thomas’ annual salary is more than $134,000.

Thomas stepped down in December after the release of the report by former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy over the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally.

Wheeler says that Thomas didn’t enter the standard contract for most public employees when he was hired in 2016.

Virginia Coalition for Open Government Director Megan Rhyne says the contract should be disclosed in her opinion.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com

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