The Voice of OC story of retired Santa Ana Police Department executive Inspector Hank Couisine receiving a payout of more than a year’s worth of vacation, sick, holiday, and comp-time pay upon his retirement caught my eye this morning. My first reaction was; “I know the guy!” Couisine was the idiot who, two years ago, tried to escort me out of the Police Department building for attempting to attend the beginning of a Santa Ana City Council Closed Session meeting, a violation of the Brown Act. My second reaction was; “What the F—?”
According to the Voice of OC report by Adam Elmahrek, Couisine retired from the Santa Ana Police Department on March 13th and cashed out more than 3,000 hours of paid time, about 1,000 hours over the limit for vacation time accrual according to the City Attorney’s office. Couisine was an executive in the department and was known to be close with former Chief Paul Walters. Walters recently negotiated a more than $700,000 departure package. According to the report, the City has not revealed who authorized the payout, but Council members are hopping mad and demanding answers.
Eventually all of the accumulated sewage from the years of shady management under the Pulido regime will be flushed from the city system. The sad part is there is no telling how much it will ultimately cost.
Another day in the life of the Banana-Peel Republic of Santa Ana.