WASHINGTON: Former head of PR at Tyco Judith Czelusniak - the alleged recipient of some controversial perks at the scandal-plagued firm - has declined an opportunity to become director of public affairs for the FDIC, opting instead to serve as an outside consultant.
Czelusniak had been the subject of some heated media speculation in recent weeks as to whether she already had accepted the position. Associated Press and Washington Post reports claimed that although she had never appeared in the office, her name had already been posted on the director's door and was listed in the personnel directory.
FDIC officials refused to comment on the situation until last Wednesday, when spokesman David Barr said Czelusniak had been offered the position but declined it. "She is being retained as a consultant and will be advising us on public relations, branding, and marketing," he said.
He added that because the office had sat vacant for more than six months, steps were taken to ensure it would be ready for Czelusniak if she had accepted the post. He said there was no indication that she had accepted and changed her mind.
According to court testimony at the trial of Dennis Kozlowski, Tyco's ex-CEO, Czelusniak received $18,500 a month for a New York apartment, $800 a month for parking, and $4,815 a month for a Florida apartment.