Community & Employee Engagement Coordinator Jessie Mayo confirmed that Corporation Counsel Nicholas Cummings, who had been placed on paid administrative leave since July 5, returned to work Sept. 1.

Nicholas Cummings, the city’s corporation counsel, reviews some of the criteria that could come into play in the city’s first large-scale ward remapping since 2003. Credit: Photo by Bob Seidenberg

Cummings attended Thursday’s Reparations Committee meeting, providing input on how to administer benefits to the family of deceased Ancestor recipients.

Mayo told the RoundTable the city could not comment further as his leave of absence was a personnel matter.

“The basis for his paid leave has been concluded and he has returned back to work,” Mayo said. “Beyond that, there are laws around these processes and legally we cannot comment further on personnel matters at this time.”

During his leave, Cummings’ role as corporation counsel was jointly filled by Derke Price and Julie Tappendorf, equity partners at the government law firm Ancel Glink.

The two were each paid $240 per hour for their services, and Ancel Glink associates and paralegals who assisted them were respectively paid $215 and $130 per hour.

Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joins the RoundTable for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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