Employees Double-Dipping in Palo Alto

Forty-Five, 45, Palo Alto Employees Receive Retirement Benefits In Addition To Their Pay.

In response to a public records request for the current pay to retired Palo Alto Employees above and beyond their retirement benefits this news site was provided an email response from city staff which contained two spread sheets detailing most but not all of the information sought.

Over the last year and a half sixty-four, (64), city employees who had retired were subsequently rehired to perform work for the City. Currently forty-five, (45), retired employees are working for the City of Palo Alto. According to the City’s response to this public records request the City of Palo Alto does not have access to any information which would indicate what many of the retired employees are currently doing for the City in exchange for compensation in addition to their retirement benefits.

“This information is not in a report or electronic data format, therefore the City is not able to respond to this question at this time.” Sandra Blanch

According to the Excel spread sheet on salaries CalPERS requires that retired employees who are rehired to be identified as a “Management Spec.,” thus the deliberate concealment of what public servants are doing on behalf of the public while being paid by the public.

Some Examples:

Scott Wong retired as a Police Lieutenant Advanced and received $297,110.99 in compensation for 2011. Scott Wong retired on September 16, 2011 and was rehired by the City on September 24, 2011 as a Management Spec. at a pay rate of $77.30 per hour.

The total compensation of what Scott Wong has received which could be provided by supplying the number of hours he has worked for the City from on September 24, 2011 to the present was not provided.

Douglas Keith retired as a Police Lieutenant Advanced and received $311,060.20 in compensation for 2011.
Douglas Keith retired on September 13, 2011 and was rehired by the City on October 17, 2011 as a Management Spec. at a pay rate of $77.30 per hour.

The total compensation of what Doug Keith has received by providing the number of hours he has worked for the City from October 17, 2011 to the present was not provided.

Rebecca Phillips retired as a Police Sergeant Advanced on July 2, 2011 and was rehired as a Police Reserve ǀ on April 17, 2012. Why her job description is supplied and not the others conveys a contradiction in the policy of not identifying everyone’s job’s description.

The lowest and highest hourly rates paid to retired employees are $14.26 to a former library assistant and $83.00 to a former Deputy Fire Chief. The average paid to all retired employees is appx. $45.00 per hour.

At a time of budget deficits, waning tax revenue and mass unemployment it makes one scratch his/her head as who is serving who. Is the public employee serving the interests of the public in an ethical and efficient manner, or is the public serving the interests of the public employee to the detriment of the public’s interests?

California Public Records Request Act data links below:

Re-Hire Retiree from 01/01/2011 – 05/23/2012

Copy of Copy of CY 2011 press release

 

 

One Reply to “Employees Double-Dipping in Palo Alto”

  1. Very important article exposing a very critical subject —double dipping by already highly paid- by way of retirement –public employees. Your article shed necessary light on why much of our government is viewed so suspiciously by so many members of the public who pay the taxes to support this very questionable practice. I hope you keep writing articles exposing what is taking place in our city government .

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