In quite the magnanimous gesture. Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker personally solved a knotty problem in the case of government overpayments to some employees.
He atoned for a subordinate's error to the tune of $11,922.06 -- out of his own pocket.
Those 25 Parks and Natural Resources Department workers are breathing easier now, knowing they won't have to repay money they thought they'd earned through promotions.
As Donny Combs told the Herald after learning the news: "I'm sure everybody's going to be pretty happy, and we can put this behind us."
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Combs was on the hook for $600 in repayments, which put him in a tough spot with two small kids and daycare expenses on a landscapers' salary.
Through no fault of their own, those promotions were award erroneously since the workers did not meet all the requirements. The county ordered repayment as dictated by policy.
Hunzeker stepped up to the plate after returning from vacation. He found the situation troubling, he noted in a memo to county commissioners. So he's covering the overpayments with a deduction of his personal vacation time.
Perhaps just as important, he directed the county's human resources staff "to work closely with the Parks Maintenance to ensure training opportunities are offered without delay to assist the employees with their career ladder goals."
In the long run, that should be more important as those workers truly qualify for raises.
Kudos to our county administrator.