Merced County CEO cashes out $40,000 in common but costly practice

A practice that allows Merced County’s top executives to claim cash for their unused vacation and sick time resulted in at least 15 public servants pocketing an extra $168,000 total in addition to their salaries in 2015, including more than $40,000 paid out to county CEO Jim Brown, a Merced Sun-Star investigation shows.

Pets of the Week

Merced County Animal Shelter: 2150 Shuttle Drive, Atwater. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open 10 a.m. through 3p.m. Saturdays. Adoption fees for pet of the week are $35 for dogs and $15 for cats. If an animal is adopted before the newspaper comes out Saturday, another animal can be chosen in its place. For more information, call 209-385-7436.

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