For those not keeping up, Jared Kupiec used to be the chief of staff for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. And he’s the one who took heat for the administration as it dealt with claims that it was not exactly miserly. (See: caviar, police gym, raises)
Kupiec resigned in June. Then, last week, we learned that after he turned in things like his city-issued iPad and phone, he kept his city-issued car. That’s right. The guy who took the heat for an administration’s excess leaves a parting gift of excess. That ticked off Segarra. Police are investigating.
Now there’s this: The Courant and Brookman have reported that Kupiec got a payout for unused vacation time and other things (about $36,000). And they report he’ll have a relationship with the city until Sept. 27. It’s a policy called a “runout,” and Segarra has wanted to get rid of it because it’s a waste of money.
But what’s a “runout”? The answer is complicated. It’s an old city policy that allows people to keep health insurance, get paid for holidays, and accrue vacation time until the date on which the employee’s last day of work would have come — had he not gotten a lump sum payout. So, in short, while Kupiec no longer works for the city, he still has a financial relationship with it.
So here’s my question. As police try to figure out whether to charge Kupiec with a crime, does his status with the city complicate their case?