Marva Livingston Hammons, head of the Colorado Department of Human Services under former Governor Bill Owens and one of the primary culprits behind this state's benefits mess, collected quite a goodbye gift on her way out: Eight hundred twenty-three hours of unused vacation time, which netted her a farewell payment of $55,528.
But she didn't need it to tide her over while she hunted for a new job: In January, she became managing director of strategic consulting for the Seattle-based Casey Family Programs, working on child-welfare issues across the country. Nice work if you can get it -- particularly when those she left behind are still fighting to get their benefits checks.
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Current governor Bill Ritter has since signed an executive order capping accrued vacation and sick time for department heads. -- Patricia Calhoun