Supreme Court Sides With OC Deputy Union on Lucrative Pensions

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I want retirement money to buy more Hostess Ho Hos
The California Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by Orange County supervisors who wanted them to sanction amendments to what an earlier board of supervisors had done: grant sheriff's deputies the right to retire at the age of 50 and collect 90 percent or more of their highest salary for the remainder of their lives.

The ruling was a huge victory for Wayne Quint at the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, the union that represents deputies. Quint is expected to make Orange County residents pay as much as $5 million in court cost for the litigation. That number is on top of $2 million the supervisors spent on the case.

The loser: Supervisor John Moorlach, the man who led the board's challenge to earlier court rulings that sided with the deputies' union.

Moorlach, a conservative Republican, was concerned that the 2001 retirement deal immediately increased the public cost of deputy pensions by at least $100 million.

The county is facing a $3.7 billion unfunded government employee pension liability.

The theory that argued for deputes to retire at the age of 50 with such generous perks was that they endure incredible stress during their careers while catching dangerous criminals. In truth, many deputies have retired at 50, collected OC pensions and go on to take a new law enforcement job that gives them a second government salary and pension.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
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SAWZ
SAWZ

Otherwise, thanks for actually printing what Kobe said.

SAWZ
SAWZ

You are quite a spinmeister there, author. Get your facts straight, please. It takes 30 years service credit to retire on 90%, with the 3% at 50 formula. Do you know many LE professionals who were on the full-time payroll at the age of 20?

SAWZ
SAWZ

Thank you. I read and I agree that each respective entity that enters into any contractual agreement with its employees, is responsible for its actions. Taking a look at the pros and cons of such action, seven years later, is not responsible.

johnl
johnl

The real losers are OC taxpayers. The County should use a nuclear option and outsource the bulk of the department.

albert
albert

Outsouce to who? Please give us your whole "restructuring" plan or shut up.

I'm sick and tired of all the assholes in this country who love the "O" word, but, in many instances, can't outline a plan that makes any sense.

johnl
johnl

There is simply no reason for the sheriff to operate Lacy. Anybody could do that. Maybe even someone who can keep the cameras running. Same for prisoner transportation. Except for Grammy or Cy Young winners, there is no magic to any job anywhere that the only person can do it is the person who already has that job. The sheriff operations has ineptly negotiated itself into a losing contract, and can't get out, so should be dissolved.

albert
albert

Yeah, you've got a point.

But I don't think Laidlaw is going to take a prisoner transportation contract anytime soon. : )

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