- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - A former councilman in Newport has billed the city more than $15,000 for the work he did while in office.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) city officials asked for more time to respond to the wage complaint former Councilman Michael T. Farley filed with the state Department of Labor and Training.

Farley, a lawyer, was elected in 2012 but not re-elected in 2014. He says the city owes him $15,540 in unpaid wages, plus costs and fees. He says he worked nearly 2,500 hours on city issues and is billing the city at the state’s minimum wage rate.

The labor department gave the city until Feb. 10 to respond to the complaint, at the city’s request.

City councilors receive a $2,000 annual stipend. They haven’t been paid hourly wages.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.


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