St. Paul Investigating Sick Leave Abuse

Officials in St. Paul are investigating whether three officers misused their sick leave, costing the city ten of thousands of dollars. ABC Channel 5 is reporting that Deputy Chief Butch Inks, recently retired Capt. Mike Hamburger, and a former district chief “are under investigation for allegedly defrauding the department of sick pay.”

Chief Inks, who is president of the supervisor’s union IAFF Local 3939, denied any wrongdoing telling reporters “I am confident the truth will come out. I have plenty of documentation that supports that I did my job every day.”


About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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