Former Finance Director Expands Allegations Against City

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In a new court filing, the city’s former finance director Sharon Judkins adds a claim to her $10 million defamation lawsuit against Richmond and City Auditor Umesh Dalal.

Judkins alleges that she is, in fact, entitled to $400,000 in additional retirement benefits from the city, according to a filing by her lawyer last week.

The propriety of the city providing those benefits was at the center of Dalal’s audit, which sparked Judkins’ lawsuit.

Judkins is asking a judge to allow her to include the new allegations of breach of contract in her motion, filed Nov. 20 in Richmond Circuit Court.

Dalal’s audit criticized the city’s former chief administrative officer, Byron Marshall, for crediting Judkins with 800 hours in unused sick time, which would have boosted her pension by almost $400,000.

Marshall later said he erred in crediting Judkins with the time, which she accrued when she worked at the city from 1981 to 2000. Marshall, who resigned in September, said he acted on bad advice.

At the request of Mayor Dwight Jones, Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring investigated the matter and reported no criminal wrongdoing.

In her amended lawsuit, Judkins alleges that city code provides for her to be credited with the unused sick time, citing two ordinances passed under the administration of a former mayor, L. Douglas Wilder.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for Dec. 17.

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