Susan Hawk drew full salary during most recent leave

Lori Brown reports.

- While Susan Hawk missed more days than she worked during her time as Dallas County District Attorney, it did not affect her paycheck.

Hawk continued to draw her full salary of $213,000 during her absence this year as she battled depression.

It is significant because of last year when Hawk took unpaid leave during five weeks of treatment in August and September.

According to state law, elected officials don't have to submit any type of leave of absence or even report when they are out sick or on vacation. The idea is that elected officials are accountable to the people.

Out of 172 work days in 2016, courthouse key card entry data revealed Hawk did not go to the courthouse for 100 of them. However, some of those days Hawk could have been working from home or having a speaking engagement.

Taxpayers paid Hawk about $93,000 for the days she was not at the courthouse.

State law does allow an elected official to voluntarily forgo their salary, which Hawk did in 2015.

FOX 4 was not able to reach Hawk for comment and ask why she chose to accept her salary this time around.

Friday is the deadline for applications to replace Susan Hawk. So far, five people have filed applications with the governor.

One high profile name that is not on the list of candidates is Hawk's former top assistant Bill Wirskye. He wrote an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News that said he was not interested in the job and called for more transparency in the position.


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