April 13, 2010

Retired and Rehired in Central Falls: "Terribly inappropriate" but legal

Marc Comtois

Ok, vent over this:

The police chief of Central Falls is drawing criticism for collecting a $43,000-per-year pension while also continuing to work and draw an annual salary of $72,000....Moran "retired" two weeks ago, then signed a five-year contract under a deal approved by the city retirement board, city lawyer, and mayor....Moran says he made the move so he would be eligible to receive approximately $35,000 for unused sick days. He says his deal actually saves the city money in the long run.

Former city Finance Director Edna Poulin said the arrangement, although legal, looks "terribly inappropriate."

More here. Oh, and he's 47.

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I'm a proponent of regionalization, but this is an example of what it will look like if we let the current cast of characters at the state house manage the transition to 'state control'.

Before we cut taxes, we have to cut expenses. Before we start merging municipalities, we have to get competent governance and strict ethics in-place.

I'm actually a little sick to my stomach right now, but thank you for posting this, Marc.

Posted by: mangeek at April 13, 2010 4:34 PM

"Terribly inappropriate but legal"

The perfect description of too many public contracts in Rhode Island.

Posted by: Monique at April 13, 2010 7:22 PM

Note that, by the math, the guy gets 12 sick days per year. That's seven more paid days off than I get in vacation. Didn't realize Central Falls was such a wealthy community to provide such benefits.

Posted by: Justin Katz at April 13, 2010 8:47 PM

What this pig is doing is stealing someone's job. Why do they get pensions at that age, only to go and take another job - thereby stealing one from somebody else.
New rules should go into effect - you want your pension - you retire. You want to keep working - no pension.
What a scam!!

Posted by: Mike Cappelli at April 13, 2010 10:40 PM

Scum, scum, scum, scum, scum.

Posted by: Dan at April 13, 2010 10:53 PM

Central Falls Police Chief Joseph P. Moran III is covered by a pension plan with the John Hancock Co. and is not part of the state pension system according to the Providence Journal Bulletin story.

Under the state system, when state employees retire, they cannot return to work for any state agency. When municipal employees covered by the state system retire, they may work for a municipality for 75 full days or 150 half-days a year.

The Central Falls pension plan that covers Moran does not have such rules and the city solicitor’s office reviewed Moran’s application for the pension and found it in order.

So make sure all state, municipal employees and teachers get switched over to private retirement plans in RI!

Posted by: Ken at April 14, 2010 2:14 AM


A legitimate reason to call a cop a PIG!

Posted by: John at April 14, 2010 6:59 AM

Within the last 18 months Bristol and Warren just gave away the same deal to their choice of police chiefs. Retire at 45, collect 30K non-sick check, rehired at 60K. I guess it goes on in every town.

Posted by: dave at April 14, 2010 7:34 AM

" I guess it goes on in every town."

Yes, Dave. And it's completely unacceptable in every town.

With contracts like this, it's getting harder and harder to sympathize when local officials beat their breast and cry poverty at budget time.

Posted by: Monique at April 14, 2010 8:05 AM

Only in the twisted world of municipal union-speak can giving someone $5 today and $2 tomorrow be a 'money saving' move over giving him $3 tomorrow.

Posted by: mangeek at April 14, 2010 8:38 AM


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