Mr. Lieberstein's D.A. calendar reveals a person who's activities are more like that of a CEO of a private corporation rather than the public servant he is supposed to be. It's no wonder leadership is lacking and morale is poor in the DA's Office. His calendar shows that in 2011 he took 52 days of vacation/time off and 19 days at out-of-state conferences; in 2012, 44 days of vacation/time off and 6 days at out-of-state conferences; and in 2013, 50 days of vacation/time off and 3 days at out-of-state conferences. These out-of-state conferences were at such choice locations as Hilton Head, South Carolina, Washington D.C., Perdido Beach, Alabama, Sun Valley, Idaho and Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, as an example, Lieberstein scheduled haircuts during work hours, and also was at the wine auction on work time.
a work week consists of 5 days; so 5 work days off is a week off. This means
Mr. Lieberstein spent over 14 weeks on vacation and at out-of-state
conferences in 2011, 10 weeks in 2012, and over 10 weeks in 2013! Contrast
this with the average county employee who only gets 3 weeks of vacation per
year (and no out-of-state conferences), unless they have worked for more than
10 years. And contrast this with employees in the private sector who probably
are lucky if they get 2 weeks of vacation a year.
Since a work year has 260 work days (52 weeks x 5 days/week), Mr. Lieberstein spent over 27% of his time on vacation and at out-of-state conferences in 2011, 19% in 2012 and 20% in 2013. Given his annual salary of $198,973 (and this does NOT include thousands of dollars in benefits such as lifetime medical insurance, vehicle allowance, additional monthly compensation, additional management leave, etc.) Napa's taxpayers paid at least $55,722 for Lieberstein to go on vacation and attend out-of-state conferences in 2011, $37,805 for 2012, and $39,795 for 2013. These three figures total $133,321!
Mr. Lieberstein's calendar doesn't lie - it reflects the arrogant attitude of a person who thinks he owns the office of district attorney. It's time to get a real public servant back in the District Attorney's Office. As a retired deputy district attorney who spent 26 years in that office, I strongly urge readers to support Tom Kensok for District Attorney.
-Daryl RobertsRetired Napa County Deputy District Attorney