Sacramento Still Paying for Four Former Police Chiefs

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Beyond paying the salary of newly sworn in Police Chief Sam Somers, the City of Sacramento finds itself paying for the retirement of four former police chiefs.

According the CalPERS, these are the city’s obligations:

Rick Braziel – $15,891 per month

Albert Najera – $14,355 per month

Arturo Venegas, Jr. – $5,023 per month

John P. Kearns – $8,869 per month

Dan Pellissier, with a group called California Pension Reform, is not critical of the people who cash in on the benefits they were promised, but he is critical of a system that allows public employees to retire at almost their full pay.

“It has nothing to do with the contribution that the employees make, but it has everything to do with what the priorities are for the city and how they’re going to spend their limited resources,” said Pellissier.

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