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Merrimack Valley

August 17, 2011

Agency head worked 15 hours per week, new documents show

LAWRENCE — The former executive director of the region's leading anti-poverty agency worked just 15 hours a week during his last full year at the top, the man who replaced him reported in tax forms filed this week.

The report indicates Philip Laverriere was working abbreviated workdays as head of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council well before The Eagle-Tribune observed him skipping out at noon for six weeks last winter.

Laverriere, 85, resigned on March 23, four days after the newspaper reported he was spending afternoons at the Elks Club on Andover Street while claiming to be working 40-hour weeks in federal tax documents he filed annually for the agency. He led the agency for 37 years.

This week, GLCAC's new interim executive director filed an updated round of tax documents for the agency's last fiscal year that offered what he called a "good faith estimate" of the half days Laverriere was putting in for a job that paid him up to $145,000 in salary and other compensation.

Interim Executive Director Christian Dame also indicated some frustration in arriving at the estimate.

"It is noted that the listed executive director is no longer with the agency and that the best available information was utilized in determining the average hours per week for this position," Dame said in the federal Form 990, a tax return for non-profit agencies. "The precise number of hours is unknown at the present time."

In an interview yesterday, Dame said he and his staff looked "at things like logs for time in the building, meetings he went to" in trying to determine Laverriere's workday. But he said Laverriere was not required to file a time card and may have worked at home and on weekends. Dame said he had not attempted to contact Laverriere since his resignation.

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