San Antonio officer’s firing sparks discussion on paid leave

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The case of a fired San Antonio police captain trying to get his job back is highlighting a controversial policy that allows officers to accumulate months, or even years, of paid leave.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that Shawn Ury says he was fired in March after wanting to use 10 months of paid leave to work off-duty at the United Services Automobile Association. He also alleges the city forced him out to promote a woman to his position.
The city denies both allegations, saying Ury was fired after being insubordinate for refusing to quit his outside full-time job.
The policy in the police bargaining contract allows officers to gather up to years of holiday, vacation, bonus and compensatory leave. They’re allowed to take it all at once.

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