New information shows Richmond is again treating one now-former top executive differently when it comes to spending your tax dollars. This week, we broke the story that finance head Sharon Judkins was set to receive more than $400,000 in extra pay. Now, we've learned the city has already spent thousands of dollars on her for special travel expenses.
The total comes to more than $10,000. It is money that was promised as part of Sharon Judkins' offer letter. It reads Richmond will pay for requirements for her position on the board of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. A look at the offer letters for all of the executives on Sharon Judkins' level shows this agreement is only written into her offer.
A list of expenses for less than two years reveals the city spent $10,392.28 paying for Sharon Judkins to travel around the country for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
The trips are pricey. The total includes a $3,003 six-day trip to San Antonio, where Judkins stayed at the Grand Hyatt hotel and racked up a $1,394 bill. For that trip, there was also $609.50 on airfare and $290.50 on meals, among other expenses.
A trip in April of last year to Atlanta cost you almost $1,590.90, while four days in Dallas had a price tag of $1,385.56.
The meetings include training sessions, forums and summits. Judkins serves on the board of directors for the NFBPA. The man pictured below her on the organization's website is Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall, who also serves on the board. We're told he negotiated this deal to include the travel expenses.
The mayor's press secretary says the money used to pay for Judkins' excursions comes out of the general fund. That budget also includes dollars for schools, police officers and firefighters, along with public parks and community programs.
We reached out to both CAO Byron Marshall and the mayor's press secretary for a comment on our story. Tammy Hawley said she would yield to Marshall for comment, but he has not returned our email yet.
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