Delawares previous primary medical examiner is collecting his state pension on top of thousands in benefits payments, even as he remains the subject of a Justice Department-led criminal investigation over the misuse of state resources.One Republican
lawmaker called Dr. Richard Callerys payment bundle a taxpayer-funded golden parachute.Callery, who was in charge of a Delaware laboratory where drug proof went missing, qualified to begin collecting pension payments on Aug. 1, 2014, authorities say.The following month, he collected almost$75,000
in payments connected to hundreds of hours in unused sick and trip leave, according to payroll records evaluated by The News Journal.That included$ 34,359.58 for unused ill time that Callery was allowed to
collect because his termination was dealt with as a retirement under state pension policies, according to a spokesperson for Delawares Workplace of Management and Budget.A spokesperson for Gov. Jack Markell said the governor is checking out options to avoid comparable payments
in the future.Callery was among Delawares highest-paid state employees, making a yearly income of $198,500 as Delawares main medical examiner,
a job he held considering that 1993. His pension details are protected by confidentiality arrangements in Delaware law.The state of Delaware has offered one of our least deserving a golden parachute that other individual would be envious of, stated Delaware Sen. Ernie Lopez, a Lewes Republican *. Thats wrong.