Mention “double-dipping” in a conversation about public pay and be prepared for the acrimony it’s sure to elicit. Penny-pinching taxpayers just don’t like the idea of public employees drawing a pension and a salary at the same time.
When double-dippers are top managers, such as those described in a recent San Jose Mercury News report, the resentment is palpable.
According to the newspaper, the former San Jose police chief is receiving more than $400,000 a year between his San Jose pension and his salary as San Diego’s police chief. Similarly, at least three other San Jose Police Department retirees are earning more than $340,000 a year, having also taken top jobs elsewhere.