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Update: Chris Seemayer is Still Collecting Benefits from Brentwood

Former Brentwood city administrator Chris Seemayer forfeited $30,000 of his sick days and vacation pay to reimburse Brentwood's legal fees.

Update Wed, 9 p.m.: Information about Seemayer's benefits added.

Former Brentwood city administrator Chris Seemayer is required to pay back all of the nearly $30,000 he stole from the city coffers. That's part of U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry's with the City of Brentwood.

Another part of that restitution is reimbursing the . Seemayer has already done that - by forfeiting roughly $30,000 in accrued sick days and vacation pay, Mayor Pat Kelly said.

Seven months after Seemayer's most recent theft of Brentwood money, he's still collecting benefits from the city he once ran for more than two decades.

Upon his resignation from the city, Seemayer had a sick leave balance of 120 days and a vacation leave balance of 25 days, City Administrator Bola Akande said. Once the $30,000 in legal costs were subtracted, Seemayer will still be paid $42,887 from the city he stole money from.

When asked why Seemayer's benefits checks weren't halted altogether after he stole money from the city, Kelly said the agreement was worked out between and Seemayer's attorneys.

"I'm not an attorney and I don't know why that wasn't suggested," Kelly said.

All of Seemayer's thefts took place between Jan. 1, 2010, and March of this year, notes court documents. Seemayer withdrew cash advances on his city credit card for gambling money. He spent the money at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL.

Seo Hop October 13, 2011 at 02:45 PM
It is nice to see that he will actually have to pay this back. As we see time and time again that high ranking officials seem to get away with this kind of stuff. Simply just walk away from it and it is not fair that they get special treatment http://www.employee-vacation-benefits.com/
Jim Malone October 13, 2011 at 03:50 PM
It appears we have received more information from Ms. Akande on the Seemayer deal in five minutes than we have from the Mayor and Board in seven months. Why wasn't Mr. Seemayer fired instead of being allowed to resign? What pension and other benefits is he or will he receive from the City? The city's labor attorney has billed over $85,000 this year and has failed to provide requested documentation. Were the fire chief and assistant chief required to repay any of the legal fees incurred because of their actrivities? This is a mess and its not going to change until the mayor and board realize that their first obligation is to the City's residents and not to their friends who have stolen from all of us.
Bill McKenzie October 13, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Is it my imagination or is it true that everytime I read something outrageous about Brentwood citizens getting the shaft each episode has been orchestrated by "city labor attorney Chris Hesse" while Mayor Kelly and the Board of Aldermen look on without a clue"?
Jack Bock October 13, 2011 at 08:50 PM
What I don't understand, why did it take the Financial Institution so long to report the cash advances from 1/10-3/11, along with that, the city not having checks and balances by someone (a third person or persons),(?), other than Seemayer we were really lucky he was eventually caught. Mr. Malone has a very valid question. Why was Seemayer afforded the opportunity to resign? Was the city afraid Seemayer would sue for being terminated for cause?
Maureen Saunders October 13, 2011 at 09:02 PM
"I'm not an attorney and I don't know why that wasn't suggested," Kelly said when asked why Seemayer's benefits checks weren't halted altogether after he stole money from the city. Well I'm not an attorney but Mayor Kelly should have asked the attorney he signed off on hiring why we would pay someone who stole from us benefits. It's clear the residents' tax dollars are at the bottom of Mayor Kelly's priority list. I'm outraged. We need change. Maureen Saunders
Ellen Walther October 13, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Unbelievable! Just one more in a long line of slaps in the face of the Brentwood citizens. This is absolutely outrageous! It is bordering on criminal that we are now forced to keep the mayor and alderman for four year terms. (I voted NO!) They are either lying through their teeth or completely clueless. Which is worse?!? The citizens of Brentwood are disillusioned and disgusted with all of the scandals. There is absolutely no trust in our city government, only suspicion, sadness and anger. What's next?
Ellen Walther October 13, 2011 at 11:19 PM
P.S. Bola, please save Brentwood from corruption and deception. We believe in you, our last hope! P.P.S. I do not include Anthony Harper in my berating of the board. In The Patch in August, he stated that he was "receiving filtered information," and wanted "to slam his head through a wall," so the powers that be are obviously trying to keep him (the newcomer) in the dark.
Richard Emery October 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Let me see if I get this straight? A CROOK steals ,several times, from the citizens of Brentwood. He is caught and his punishment is a healthy pension from the people that he stole from? In addition, he is supported by the officials that oversaw his business dealings? He needs to be sitting in jail so he has time to think about the CRIMES that he committed and receive NOTHING from the victims!
Nora Durham October 14, 2011 at 03:53 PM
This situation is outrageous, but also deeply concerning. The obvious deception and thievery that is corrupting our national government is displayed on a smaller scale right here in Brentwood. As a Brentwood student, I can vouch for my peers and say that many of us are viewing our city in a new, uncomplimentary light.
Julie Pozzo October 14, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Thank you Nora for your comment and interest in our city government. Many of you students may not be old enough to vote yet, but you do have a voice. There is a Board of Aldermen Meeting on Monday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m.
Ellen Walther October 14, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Nora, hopefully you and your friends will be old enough to vote in our next city elections. Then you will see that your votes DO count and you can make a positive change in Brentwood!
Jack Bock October 14, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Duck John!
Jack Bock October 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Bola, having read your credentials I'm sure we are in good hands. However, when an audit is conducted, payables from past years should match up with invoices from past years. But, just because all invoices have been paid, is the company who issued the invoice a physical a real company? Does the company actually exist from which product or services were purchased. Did Brentwood actually receive product for which it had paid for, or a dummy company to swindle Brentwood? Culprets sometime use this to funnel money to those who are in cahoots, and, espically where there are no checks by staff members to validate invoices or companies from which the product or services was supposedly received. Just a thought, and I'm sure you have already thought of this unlawful practice.
Jack Bock October 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Jihn, I live in a glass house. I would say, after twenty-two years of proudly serving my country, I am a mellow and peacful man.
Jeff October 18, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Impeach them all. Every last one of them. Jeff Harrison Brentwood, MO
jeff mustgrat November 03, 2011 at 09:27 PM
AS FAR AS I KNOW EMPLOYEES CAN'T SAVE VACATION TIME AT THE CITY!!! OH WAIT NOT THE REGULAR EMPLOYEES I SEE!!!!!!!

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