It's not the "double dipping" by Summit County Veterans Services Commission Executive Director George Baker that bothers some Summit County Council members - it's the fact that they didn't know it before honoring Baker upon his retirement.
Council members thanked Baker for his service and wished him well in his twilight years in when Baker retired in June. The thing is, Baker never intended to leave permanently. He was hired back into the same position a few weeks later by the commission's board.
Council President Jerry Feeman says he's not upset that Baker is still in charge or that he's collecting a nearly six-figure salary in addition to his publicly-funded pension. Instead, Feeman wants to know why nobody bothered to mention the plan.
"I think what we'll do is ask some questions that are pertinent to the person who is retiring that we're going to honor," said Feeman.
Feeman named at least two Summit County employees who retired and were immediately hired back, but their intentions were announced in advance.
Feeman says council members truly appreciate Baker and his leadership qualities, but he says most council members feel that good communication was lacking in this instance.