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Ex-Treasurer Andy Dillon on Caribbean cruise on last week of work

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Disgraced former Treasurer Andy Dillon is on a luxury cruise in the Caribbean on what was supposed to be his last week of tax-paid consulting work for Gov. Rick Snyder, the Motor City Muckraker has found.

Dillon, who resigned on Halloween after we revealed alcohol problems and racially charged text messages sent from his cell phone, continued to draw his full $175,000 state salary as an advisor to his successor.

But it appears the governor’s office wasn’t aware that Dillon was on a Royal Caribbean cruise during his last full-week of work.

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Rick Snyder

“Mr. Dillon’s temporary assignment to assist Treasurer Clinton in the transition will be wrapped up this Friday, Jan. 31,” Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel told me Wednesday evening in an email.

Trouble is, I responded, he has been on vacation since at least last Friday.

Wurfel said she couldn’t “speak to this” and suggested I speak with the Treasurer’s Department, which responded in a statement today that Dillon finished his work early.

“Dillon is on un-paid vacation,” treasury spokesman Terry Stanton told me. “His temporary assignment concludes tomorrow.”

Vacation on his last week?

“His work was wrapped up,” Stanton responded.

Dillon oversaw the appointment of emergency managers in numerous Michigan cities and schools but was also distracted by excessive drinking and a messy divorce, as we reported last year.

In August, we revealed that Dillon sent his ex-wife racially charged texts aimed at a black friend. He also was accused of domestic violence but charges were never filed because of a lack of evidence.

Dillon couldn’t be reached for comment.

In 2004, Dillon was first elected to the state House. After winning re-election in 2006, his Democratic colleagues appointed hims to be the speaker of the House. Dillon even survived a recall election for his role in raising taxes and was re-elected in 2008.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Dust Buster

    dear readers.

    i am home safe and it sure is cold (brrrrrr) i wanted to thank everyone for their cards, letter and concerns. the cruise was a lot of hard work but i think it helped. we had lots of fruity drinks and lots of straight shots. the food was yummy and even better that is was free!!! i had some massages and i got a thing called an apricot scrub and my skin feels amazing!!! im glad to be back in michigan with my friends. im sure glad they have direct deposit because i would have had like 3 or 4 paychecks piling up in my mailbox while i was working on that cruise.

    fiducially yours

    andy

  • Brittany Myers

    Gee NOT one word about all the MONEY that came up missing under DILLIONS watch??? Where is all the information on that MEDIA? Who paid that? Tax payers? 2 separate accounts were missing thousands of dollars with NO explanation what so ever. Everything is a HUSH game with SNYDER……Dillion was being paid HUSH money for months now…..He has dirt on SNYDER….which is why the story of the missing funds in the treasury department has just went away.

    • Dust Buster

      yes we need transparency, fiscal responsibility and nothing short of boy scout like ethics running michigan. please join me in kicking off the drive to bring back jeniffer granholm. only jenny and the cool cities initiative can save michigan from this out of control fiscal monster

  • Sizz

    Lets just hope that he’s on the cruise thats infected with that nasty norovirus.

  • Sizz

    He can score a better grade of black tar heroin down there.

  • Dust Buster

    hey he has been having family problems as well as drinking problems. so what better way to sooth his soul than to go on a ship with lots of women and alcohol. i hope the taxpayers are covering this so he can get lots of nice fancy drinks and plenty of souviners for friends and family

  • MrSyn

    If he’s not paid, there’s no foul. Please follow up with this exciting story!

  • Pay_It_Forward

    Oh Andy, where for art tho ?