Ex-Cranston official paid $6k for unused vacation

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston’s former director of Senior Services, who resigned earlier this year following an unusual controversy, was paid more than $6,000 upon her departure, Eyewitness News learned Tuesday.

According to City Council President John Lanni, Sue Stenhouse was paid $6,287 for her unused vacation time when she submitted her resignation in January.

Stenhouse stepped down after signing off on having a male bus driver dress up as a female senior citizen during a news conference at the city’s senior center.

(Photo courtesy of Latino Public Radio of Rhode Island)
(Photo courtesy of Latino Public Radio of Rhode Island)

Donning a wig, lipstick, and a dress, the middle-aged man was seen flanking Mayor Allan Fung as he touted the city’s new snow-shoveling program for the elderly.

During an episode of Newsmakers last month, Fung called the stunt a “bizarre situation.”

Stenhouse was earning $54,491 a year for her position, the city confirmed. Now, an interim director of Senior Services is reportedly being paid a roughly $62,000-a-year salary.

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