Earlier this week we reported on an interesting potential development
regarding the city's park rangers. A Matt Smith cover story last year revealed
that head park patrol officer Marcus Santiago had transformed his small force into a lucrative overtime machine -- more than doubling his take-home pay in the process. The Recreation and Park Department's inspired solution to this problem? Hire a "chief" park patrol officer and insert him as insulation between Santiago and Dennis Kern, the manager who has consistently looked past Santiago's transgressions.
Those transgressions, however -- they're not exactly cheap. A former ranger named Mike Horan, as referenced in Smith's story
, filed suit against Santiago and the city, alleging discrimination in the distribution of overtime hours. This also resulted in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
filing a case against the city.
Horan's lawyer, Andrew Pierce, says that case may be nearing an official settlement. And sources within government tell SF Weekly
it will involve a hefty $250,000 payout.
Pierce said the city and EEOC are still hammering out the details; when asked if the purported $250,000 payout to his client was part of those details, he would only say, "That sounds like a nice sum of money."
If the EEOC and city settle, Pierce said he'd dismiss Horan's separate case against the city.
Considering that the city is hoping to budget $150,000 to hire a park patrol chief to oversee Santiago; this suit is purportedly going to cost $250,000; and Santiago routinely manages to take home $85,000 in overtime on top of his $67,000 salary -- Rec and Park is having a harder and harder time making these numbers add up favorably.
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