Michigan civil rights director declines $24K bonus
LANSING — The director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is turning down a $24,740 bonus that was approved by a state commission.
Agustin Arbulu said in a statement last month he appreciates the "vote of confidence" from the Michigan Civil Rights Commission at its September meeting, but he said those "taxpayer dollars can be put to better use in programs that directly benefit the people of this state."
The statement came after the City Pulse newspaper in Lansing reported that the bonus was approved in secret on Sept. 18 in violation of the state's Open Meetings Act.
The department's spokeswoman described it as an inadvertent oversight.
The Detroit News reports Arbulu's annual salary is $152,250.
The department investigates civil rights complaints and engages in educational and outreach efforts.