Clark County Environmental Services Director Sen. Don Benton is being paid for his county job even while he’s up in Olympia during the legislative session.
And he’s doing so despite a written agreement — signed by Benton — saying this wouldn’t happen. This results in Benton being paid for both the county and state job, increasing his salary and adding to his pension.
County Administrator Mark McCauley said Benton had approached him before the session to cut this new deal. The previous arrangement had been hammered out by former County Administrator Bill Barron.
The Vancouver Republican, who serves the 17th District, has received roughly two-thirds of his eligible county pay so far during the eight-week short session, which ends March 13. That’s despite a hiring agreement, written by Barron, stating that Benton could only use his accrued vacation and personal time during his stint away from the county.
Benton signed the agreement on May 6, 2013.
But that agreement was verbally nixed before the beginning of the legislative session, when Benton approached McCauley about allowing him to telecommute from Olympia and bill the county for the hours he worked. McCauley agreed to the terms, but did not put them into writing.