Ex-mayoral aide in scandal got vacation, holiday pay

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2012 - 8:04 am

The former mayoral aide at the center of the city's credit card scandal didn't leave empty-handed when she resigned in July.

Lisa Serna-Mayorga received a payout of $4,727.30 in unused vacation and holiday time, according to documents obtained by The Bee through a Public Records Act request.

Most of the money – $4,617 – was for 125 hours of vacation time Serna-Mayorga did not use. City spokeswoman Amy Williams said the city is required by law to pay out the unused vacation time.

Serna-Mayorga resigned after it was revealed she had allegedly used her city-issued credit card to make personal purchases. Sources have told The Bee she reimbursed the city $9,000 for the charges, which included a trip to Disneyland, gasoline and groceries.

Serna-Mayorga, who was the council operations manager before being named as Mayor Kevin Johnson's director of constituent affairs, is under criminal investigation.

To view a list of the 48,000 or so purchases made by workers using city-issued credit cards going back to 2007, go to www.sacbee.com/datacenter

City officials have cautioned not to jump to conclusions when examining the records, arguing that some purchases that look questionable – alcohol purchases, trips – have reasonable explanations.

Regardless, City Manager John Shirey acknowledged city workers have used the credit cards too much and that he plans to scale back the number of cards issued.

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