"...ANGAIO, Greece—A local treasury employee in this mountain community shot the mayor with an Uzi submachine gun in late 2009, in the grisly conclusion to a suspected embezzlement scheme.
Nearly three years after he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Savvas Saltouridis remains on the municipal payroll.
International creditors—now evaluating Greece's adherence to terms of two bailouts and weighing a possible third—have called on the country to shape up its public-sector workforce and dismiss thousands of workers deemed unsuitable. The case in Pangaio suggests how hard that is likely to be.
To many locals, among them retired clerk Apostolos Tsiakiris, the two men's continued employment paints the government as feckless. "You can't be a murderer and keep getting paid," says Mr. Tsiakiris, who took over as acting mayor for a time after the killing. "That doesn't happen in any other government." The Greek government says about 2,100 public workers are under disciplinary review, about half accused of criminal conduct. They continue receiving either full or partial pay during a labyrinthine disciplinary process...''
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