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Calif. Chiefs Taking Huge Payouts

July 11, 2012  | 

A group of retiring California police chiefs have been collecting payments reaching as much as $600,000, in one case, for cashed-out sick and vacation time.

El Monte Police Chief Thomas Armstrong, who oversaw 120 officers, received nearly $430,000 when he retired in 2011 at age 56, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Other chiefs have received big payouts, including Roy Campos, Downey's former police chief, who was paid $594,000 in 2009 after cashing out more than 3,300 hours of unused sick and vacation time.

The same year, Monterey Park's outgoing chief, Jones Moy, earned $531,000, including cash-outs of about 2,700 unused hours. In 2010, Santa Clara's police chief, Steve Lodge, left his job with almost $600,000 in total pay thanks to a variety of cash-outs.

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Jim VG @ 7/11/2012 11:59 AM

These were contractual payouts. The Chiefs an others have done nothing illegal. The time was earned and saved just as one would save in a bank account. People get all excited when the payout is given then scream, "They are working the system, they don't deserve it." Yes, they do. They worked for it and over they years, sacrificed for it. How about we take the money form the welfare receipients. Now there is a group. They NEVER worked for what they have received but constantly scream, "MORE MORE MORE, you owe us, pay up."

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