OBPA changes policy after paying former director $17K in vacation buyout

OBPA vacation time buyout

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - After paying more than $17,000 in a vacation-time buyout to its former executive director, the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority’s board is making changes to how it distributes time off.

Wade Davis was executive director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority until January 17, 2020, a day after his 14th anniversary.

According to the authority’s vacation policy, any employees hired before the end of 2006 collected a year’s worth of vacation time on the anniversary date, regardless of plans to leave the OBPA.

So, on the day he left, Davis already received his 280 hours of vacation time. A few weeks ago, he came forward and asked for what he is owed, $17,000.

The authority’s board voted to change the policy on Thursday

“To make sure our current policy addresses this sort of an issue so that earned time and payable time is based on period served rather than having it all become due on the anniversary date,” board member Chris Coffin said.

Now, vacation time will be doled out each pay period.

Also Thursday, the board officially appointed Steve Lawrence as the new executive director.

He had been filling the position since Davis left.

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