The lists below show Warwick firefighters who took numerous sick days but were still paid out the maximum amount of days for perfect attendance. The data also shows all of the amounts of overpayments made, based upon how many sick days were taken vs. how many unused sick days were paid for.
In 2015, firefighters who had perfect attendance (zero sick days taken) were eligible to be paid a maximum amount of 12.48 sick days.
In 2016 & 2017, firefighters who had perfect attendance (zero sick days taken) were eligible to be paid a maximum amount of 15 sick days.
These calculations are based upon four separate city documents obtained via a public records request which include: accountability sheets, unused sick pay reports, sick day data reports, and the firefighter employee's record of sick time.
The calculations for the over payment of unused sick time to Warwick Firefighters for 2015, 2016 & 2017 totals: $247,850.60.
This figure does not include the data that is still missing, and it does not include the payments made in error for retirees. End of career payouts are being calculated at 75% of the persons full bank, and not at the cap of 140 days. Payouts are calculated to as much as 161 days.
Here is an example of how the system is abused: David Mahoney had perfect attendance up until the last month of the calculated year. He then took off 11 sick days in the last month and was still paid for perfect attendance at the rate of 15 days or $3517.93.
The last 2 records of sick leave sheets below (note: record keeping done in pencil, you can even see the eraser marks)...the bottom calculation of total payout shows they were paid out in excess of what they should have been. The contract stipulates an end of career payout of no more than 75% of 140 days. These sheets show that the contract was violated. These are just a couple of examples and there are dozens more of discrepancies
FYI- the last Advanced Life Support rescue the City of Warwick taxpayers purchased cost, $243,000. So if the Warwick Fire Department is looking for a new rescue vehicle, all the firefighters have to do is cut reimbursement checks back to the City of Warwick for their unused sick time overpayments, and then a new rescue and firetrucks can be purchased.
(The lists are in Patriotic American Flag red white and blue colors.)