"As indicated in the inspector general's recent investigation, employees who were working part time for the Recreation Department along with maintaining employment with the School District of Philadelphia were terminated" for violating the City Charter's ban on employees working for a second government agency, Butkovitz wrote in his letter.
He was referring to Kurland's Dec. 31 finding that 13 part-time recreation leaders had violated the ban by working for other government agencies while on the city payroll. They included 10 full-time schoolteachers, two U.S. postal workers, and an investigator for the state Attorney General's Office.
The 13 also were earning credit toward second pensions, Kurland said.
In an essay published in Sunday's Inquirer, GOP ward leader J. Matthew Wolfe contended that top Nutter aides were double-dipping. Wolfe, a lawyer who plans to run for City Council next year, pointed to the deputy mayors with additional titles.
Butkovitz, a Democrat, said Wolfe raised good questions, and the controller wants clarification from the city solicitor. "Do these deputy mayors have two jobs or one?" Butkovitz asked.
Kurland said she had already determined that the deputy mayors are not double-dippers. "That's a completely different situation" from the recreation aides, she said Tuesday. "Those deputy mayors receive one salary and one pension."
The charter says no one in an elected or appointed city post can hold another government job, be it city, state, or federal. Military service is an exception.
Wolfe also argued that the deputy mayors' salaries exceed caps in the city code, which limits the managing director's pay, for example, to $135,000.
Nutter's spokesman, Mark McDonald, said Wolfe had it all wrong - that the deputy mayors have more than one title but just one salary. He said their pay is above the caps because of cost-of-living increases and "additional duties" assigned them.
Wolfe said there was "no way" cost-of-living adjustments explain Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's salary of $261,375.
McDonald said Ramsey is both police commissioner and public safety director. "It's one job, one paycheck with multiple duties," McDonald said, arguing that two titles do not mean two jobs.
That's what Butkovitz said he hopes city lawyers can clarify. He asked them to reply within a week.
Meanwhile, Kurland is continuing her double-dipping probe. With 30,000 city employees, she said, it might take years.
She has requested the controller's help.