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THE GOLDEN PARACHUTE
TONY CRAPP PUNKED THE CITY AND LET LARRY SPRING WALK OUT THE DOOR WITH $125,734.56

When it comes to keeping track of what folks like the crowd at Miami City Hall are really up to, it’s always important to follow the money, and whenever possible the paperwork trail that is attached to the money.

On June 9th, Larry Spring, that irrepressible scalawag that made an art form out of illegally using restricted funds to balance the city’s books, along with other hocus pocus  financial tricks that so delighted the Mayor and City Commissioners when it was in support of one of their schemes, walked out of the MRC with a severance package of $125,734.56.

Below are the documents, that provide some interesting new details as to how Larry - and his boon companion Tony Crapp - decided to leave the comfort of public employment for the wilds of private enterprise.

The first document - and perhaps the most revealing - is the May 18th memo from Tony Crapp to Beverly Pruitt, the Director of Human Relations authorizing 100 days of severance and waving the requirements governing Sick Leave.

If this were a crime scene, this would be the Smoking Gun.  Come to think of it, this is a Crime Scene, and this is a Smoking Gun.

(As always, to view a larger version of these documents click on any of them.)

“Always follow the money.”

                                            - Deep Throat

Here is Larry Spring’s official resignation letter, dated May 31, 2011.

Here is his payout documents, listing a total of 436.5 vacation Hours, 390.5 Sick Leave, and 800 Hours of Severance, all at $77.28 per hour.

What all of the documents actually do, is once again point out that either Tony Crapp is incredibly incompetent to the point of being a moron, or that he punked the taxpayers by granting Larry Spring this incredible, illegal severance and sick leave payout.


Here, from the City of Miami’s APM 1-86: Severance Policy last updated on 09/2010, is the description of when severance payments are allowed.


(A PDF copy of the Administrative Polices quoted below may been seen by clicking on any of the documents in this piece.)

The key word is “termination.”  In other words, unless Larry Spring was let go, he didn’t qualify for a $61,824.00 severance payment. 


Since Spring submitted a letter of “resignation,” he falls into the category of “voluntary resignation,” and somebody better start trying to get THIS severance payment back PDQ.


Secondly, Crapp wasn’t allowed to give Spring the Sick Leave payout that he did.  Here is the relevant portion of the Sick Leave APM-3-91, 05/15/2002.

Spring didn’t retire, he resigned.  He worked for the city a little over 8 years and therefore was only entitled to 25%, or  $7,544.46 of his Sick Leave time, and not the $30,177.84 he received.  Again, somebody better start trying to get THIS money back PDQ.


Tony Crapp didn’t have the authority to override the clear language provisions of Severance APM, only the City Commission could do that, and even then they’d have to amend the APM to allow any kind of payment to someone who voluntarily resigned.

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The Sick Leave APM, doesn’t even give the City Manager that option. He can only obey the plain language of the APM as written.  The language in these APM’s are not advisory in nature, but mandatory, only subject to change or revision by action of the City Commission.


It is incredible just how blatantly illegal all of this is, and how Crapp could believe that he could pull this stunt in plain sight.


Of course, there is the persistent rumor that both Tony Crapp and Larry Spring were essentially forced out by the Mayor: Crapp for refusing to fire the Chief of Police, and Spring, for continuing to screw up the books.


Were that to be the case - although there is no documentation to support these rumors - neither one of them would be entitled to a penny of their accumulated Sick Leave, and there would be a debate on whether they would be entitled to any severance package, especially Spring who’s been the subject of a major SEC investigation.


But, what this really looks like is that Crapp gave Spring all of this money as a payoff to keep his mouth shut. Whether he was fired, induced to resign, or just quit on his own, Spring is the one guy who really does know where the bodies are buried, because he wielded the shovel.


This payoff is not just illegal, it is in your face, FUCK YOU, ILLEGAL!!!


Since Crapp is himself soon to be out the door, even though he’s being egged on by Police Chief Exposito and his pals to stay on - gee, I wonder why - everyone with the responsibility to safeguard the public’s money at the MRC better quit scheming on how to cover their asses and moving their deck chairs on the Banana Republic Titanic, and start making sure that Crapp doesn’t try to waltz out the door with the silverware, along with all the illegal money he can stuff in his own severance package.


The big question is, since Crapp is the City Manager, who will be the patsy who signs off on his “Golden Parachute?”


This is all nothing more than robbery by fountain pen. Everybody that signed off on these payments, or turned a blind eye to these violations of the APM’s should be fired for being either stupid or an accomplice in this scheme, and Tony Crapp needs to have his ass escorted out of City Hall before he does anymore damage, ASAP!

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