Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Swallow Could Earn $12,000/Yr by Delaying Resignation
(KUTV) Last Thursday, Utah Attorney General John Swallow announced he is quitting. But today Swallow is still the A.G. His letter of resignation is post-dated, reading that he will resign effective Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:01 AM.
In other words, Swallow's last day on the job will be Monday, December 2, 2013. That's 11 days from John Swallow's announcement that he is leaving until he will actually leave.
On Friday, the A.G.'s spokesperson Paul Murphy told Get Gephardt that the timing has to do with a previously scheduled Thanksgiving vacation.
"He's leaving for a week and he's going to come back and have one day to essentially clean out his office and I think that's about it," Murphy said.
But the real motivation could be money. Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that, "By making it past Dec. 1, Swallow will have accumulated four years in state government, a magic threshold that qualifies employees for the pension system."
According to Utah retirement rules, Swallow's government service entitles him to a pension of approximately $12,000 per year by waiting until December to officially retire.
Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Debakis called Tuesday for Swallow's election to be voided all together. If that were to happen, he thinks Swallow should not qualify for a state pension because he would not be able to count the past 11 months in office as time employed by the state.
"[Swallow] lied in his [election] filings," Debakis said. "So it is like the election never took place and consequently you can't collect a pension for an election that you cheated in."
John Swallow is currently 51-years-old. His pension would kick in when he is 65.
Swallow maintained at his Thursday press conference that he did nothing wrong and is not resigning because he is guilty of any crime or ethical misgiving.
By Matt Gephardt
Produced by Don Kauffman
Photography by Todd Dinsmore and Randy Likness
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)