Stockton police chief rips off $204K pension

Aug. 6, 2012

By John Seiler

Highway robbery was supposed to be illegal in California. But after just eight months on the job, Stockton Police Chief Tom Morris grabbed a $204,000 pension. No wonder state pension funds now require hefty infusions of cash from taxpayers — and soon will go broke. Bloomberg writes that Morris was:

“the third of four chiefs who stayed in the position for less than three years and retired with an average of 92 percent of their final salaries.

“Stockton, which filed for bankruptcy protection on June 28, is among California cities from the Mexican border to the San Francisco Bay confronting rising pension costs as they contend with growing unemployment and declining property- and sales-tax revenue. The pensions are the consequence of decisions made when stock markets were soaring, technology money flooded the state, and retirement funds were running surpluses.

“’We didn’t have very many people looking out for the taxpayers when these deals were negotiated,’” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, 63, said in a telephone interview. San Jose, the state’s third-largest city, approved a ballot measure in June to contain annual retirement costs that soared to $245 million from $73 million in the past decade.

It’s all a total ripoff. Here’s what we should do: If taxpayers are on the hook, limit public-employee retiree pensions to $60,000 a year, about the median income in California. Any retiree should be able to survive on that. Some of these retired cops might have to sell their ranches in Montana. But they’ll still be doing OK.

Does the California Constitution supposedly guarantee such mammoth, ripoff pensions? Some authorities say it does, some say it doesn’t. In any case, it could be reinterpreted. Or changed. Or ignored.

The California Constitution begins:

“All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”

Certainly, taxing us to death and bankrupting our cities to pay exorbitant pensions to retirees violates the right to “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”

Editor’s Note: This blog was corrected to read “Stockton” in all instances, instead of another city in two instances. Thanks to our readers for pointing it out.

 

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  1. None
    None 6 August, 2012, 10:51

    It’s Stockton, not Stanton.

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  2. Michael
    Michael 6 August, 2012, 12:00

    $60k annually! Are you out of your mind. These thugs should have to work 30 years to earn 50 percent of their base pay. There should be no double dipping. One government retirement for all years in government: federal, state, or local. Based upon a weighted average of pay over a 30 year span.

    Pay should be caps between 80-120 of the average wages earners salary … tossing out those obscenely paid private individuals who, as the public employee, is financially raping the public.

    This should be done now … implemented on a retroactive basis, i.e., anyone collecting retirement now should have their incomes adjusted henceforth. Don’t like it; too damn bad.

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  3. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 6 August, 2012, 13:55

    Stockton…..not Stanton.

    Not that Stanton won’t be in the news for the same reasons soon, however. They are tottering as well.

    Policing has been contracted out to OC Sheriffs since 1988. Why? Well if you believe wikipedia entries (and I have no reason to doubt this one):

    “Stanton had formed its own police department when the city incorporated in 1956, but a union strike citing poor working conditions was originally reported as the major cause of its disbanding (and takeover by the Sheriff’s Department) in 1988.”

    Imagine that.

    The chickens are coming home to roost. One by one. But eventually the whole flock.

    What are we at now…..4 California cities? How long until that number is 40? A year? Two years?

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  4. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 6 August, 2012, 14:36

    If taxpayers are on the hook, limit public-employee retiree pensions to $60,000 a year, about the median income in California
    ==
    The median income is $31K in CA.

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 6 August, 2012, 19:20

    I have always favored pay, benefit, and pension restrictions for the RAGWUS feeders in government,: Pay must be limited to no more than $90,000 a year no matter the job title held, cut benefits in half, cut out all perks, and cut pension to no more than $50,000 a year for any RAGWUS feeder.

    These RAGWUS feeders are like feral cats, when push comes to shove they will leap at the chance to have a gauranteed free pension of $50,000 a year. Of course COLA’s will be eliminated, along with free medical. These things will happen, based on time and math, in just a couple of more years. 😉

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 6 August, 2012, 21:50

    In my moms hometown of El Monte, a small bedroom community or a 100k or so, the chief there was getting paid 400k and took a 200k pension. A small job that pays more than the president of the USA.
    These people still think they are owed these gigantic benis and that they will receive them. The state is broke. In a couple more years this whole thing gets so much worse. This whole thing isn’t going broke in 10 years. More likely 2 or 3. The numbers for 2015 are beyond belief. Nothing adds up after 2015. That’s the new Mayan calender end date.
    Hondo…..

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  7. Donkey
    Donkey 7 August, 2012, 05:33

    John Wrote: “The California Constitution begins:

    “All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”

    Certainly, taxing us to death and bankrupting our cities to pay exorbitant pensions to retirees violates the right to “enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”

    When we look closely the government is only a huge RAGWUS welfare machine, non-connected citizens are slaves for the political class feeders. It is just like the story of the frog in the pan of water, I feel the heat though! 🙂

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  8. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 7 August, 2012, 14:33

    This police chief summarizes everything that is wrong with th states pensions, and the state.

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  9. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 7 August, 2012, 14:34

    A guy with no college degree getting $200K pension for the next 35 years, COLA indexed. He will receive $7-$8 million dollars over the life of teh pensions, and I bet he made less than $1,5 million actually working

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  10. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 8 August, 2012, 09:34

    Editor’s note: This post was cross-posted to Fox and Hounds, where Brian Mathias made this comment:

    “The $205,000 pension referenced in your article on the Stockton Police Chief is nothing new on the Monterey Bay. City employees for the City of Santa Cruz, perhaps 1/5th the size of Stockton, routinely get paid pensions of $250,000. The pension of a city auditor come to mind.

    “Thanks for your great article.”

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  11. Freedom Works
    Freedom Works 8 August, 2012, 11:07

    That’s why they are called Pigs. Pigs!!!

    What a total rip-off for the fool the wears the uniform. Remember when that fool would come speak at your classroom as a grade schooler? The guy at the time that made a good living but was not extraordinary. Now the guy in the uniform is the thief. Thief to the public they now abuse, pull over, add new laws to give them a reason to pull you over and bust you for something that carries a greater revenue generating penalty, locks you up in a cold, dirty, shit on the floor room and lets you get beat-up by the true or real crimnals, takes every freebie they can get from restaurants, bars etc by owners still foolish enough to provide them with this benefit no one else gets, hides public information, conceals to get you prosecuted successfully, kills and murders inncocent people, drive new spiffy cop cars and SUVs all financed by us, prounce around with the firefighter friends and compare pensions and the good life they live. laugh at the college student that pays the public university 250K for their shitty education, graduate only to be subject to their police abuse.

    Hopefully the people rise-up and take back their freedom and honesty. A major correction is needed. I can’t wait to see this happen.

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  12. Donkey
    Donkey 10 August, 2012, 06:56

    FW, I like your tone! A tinge of Thomas Paine in your words. 🙂

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