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Jack Hickey Diligence pays off, Sequoia Healthcare District $26,384.40 overpaid.

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner, another community, on Dec 8, 2011

Jack Hickey has done it again, he is the only Director who checks the books. Sometimes his request for information is denied or stalled.

Last night the District acknowledged a $26,384.40 mistake, 2 employees were mistakenly reimbursed and 1 employee pay raise was miscalculated.

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Keep up the Good work Jack

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

And, what do I get for my "due diligence"? More roadblocks to my efforts.
CEO Lee Michelson responded to the Daily Journal article linked above with the following sent to all Board Members and counsel:
"Though I do not claim to be a journalist, I have a hard time understanding how an administrative error caught by the folks we pay to look at our books and corrected becomes headline news. I want everyone to know that throughout this ordeal I made Kim and Mark aware of the situation and no one hid anything from anyone. I personally met with the auditors and alerted them about the payments that led to them looking carefully at the payroll . What is the point of making a major deal about a mistake that we readily admit and have taken steps to correct and will not cost the District one dollar other than the joy of seeing their picture in the newspaper and embarrassing the organization that they have sworn to serve?

If Lee “...personally met with the auditors and alerted them about the payments that led to them looking carefully at the payroll.”, why did he make the $26,384.40 lump sum payments? When did they first “erroneously” discover the lack of in-lieu payments?

In a later e-mail to me, Lee said:
"I will tell you again do not ask me or my staff for anything ever again. The policy is that you go through the Board president." I am the only Director on whom this policy is imposed.
I have served on this Board for 10 years as an advocate for the taxpayers. I was first elected in 2002on aplatform to act upon the findings of the Civil Grand Jury. I was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

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Posted by Hmmmmm
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Was Glenn Nielsen one of these three employees?

Jack, thank you for this diligence. I believe Nielsen is up to no good in this organization.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Glenn was one of the three who received a lump sum payment for in-lieu of health insurance benefits. Ostensibly, two of the three were not entitled to such payment since it was already included in their paychecks for the past two years. Details have not yet been revealed.

I have questioned why Glenn, a part time employee, gets the full $400/month in-lieu payment. I am not satisfied with the answer. Perhaps a concerned taxpayer of the District could get a better response. Send in your letters. And, while you're at it, ask Kim Griffin why she got reimbursed by the District for $185 worth of knives which she donated to St. Anthony de Padua Dining Room. St Anthony's has already received $200,000 of your taxes in Grants from the District!

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Posted by Hmmmmm
a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Unbelievable. No wonder California is going broke. Nielsen already has healthcare for life from Atherton, a pension for life from Atherton, and in addition to the double dip salary, he's getting paid for a second health care plan? And all up front, in advance?

What greed.

Thank you Jack. I understand the board president doesn't want you "meddling" into the payments he's giving to himself and Glenn Nielsen. That figures.

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Posted by Jane Doe
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Earth to Almanac:
Is it still not worth your scrutiny, that The Sequoia Health Care District has been giving away wads of the tax payer's money to provide healthcare insurance for it's own VERY part time employees who already have their own full coverage health insurance for life as retired Police Officers?
Could this be the kind of issue that so seriously concerned the Grand Jury in their finding to completely dissolve the obsolete District many years ago now, and yet still has not been properly addressed due to the shrugging demurrer of the local Press. The Grand Jury made an effort to represent the Public Interest on this--and so should you be.

and Thanks for you efforts to Mr. Hickey

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

While examining payroll documents finally provided to me by the District on Tuesday (I picked them up at the District Office after copies Faxed to me turned out to be solid black!), I discovered what appear to be more overpayments of the 3 employees. It seems that the 4% 401k matching payments were calculated not on base salary, but included the $400/month in-lieu of health insurance benefit. That's $7.39 per pay period x 128 pay periods = $945 for all 3 employees.
Do I get a Finders Fee?

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

More Addendum:
The documents which I picked up at the District Office included the reimbursement agreements for Glenn Nielson ($7,547.42 to be paid back over 41 pay periods or 82 weeks) and Pamela Kurtzman ($9,046 to be paid back over 49 pay periods or 98 weeks. No interest will accrue unless circumstances in the agreement dictate an accellerated payback.
Then, interest will accrue at the legal rate of 10 % on any portion of the Reimbursement Amount not paid off within 60 days.

Perhaps irate taxpayers will descend upon the District to demand that Glenn Nielson's in-lieu of health insurance benefit be retroactively pro-rated based upon his part time employee status. That would restore a few thousand more dollars to the District.

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