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SALARIES: Where’s loophole for the rest of us?

Letter by Ruby L. Ryan, Port Orchard on July 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm with 1 Comment »
July 6, 2010 10:17 am

Re: “A pension and a paycheck” (TNT, 6-29).

It is not just higher education where this double-dipping is taking place. There was a superintendent in the Bremerton School District who retired at a pension of $72,000 per year. She was rehired as interim superintendent at her salary of $122,00 while a search was on to replace her. The people of Kitsap County were not happy with this.

A few months later, Gov. Chris Gregoire hired her as head of the Department of Early Learning. Her starting salary was $172,000 plus benefits, $50,000 more than she was making as superintendent in Bremerton. She also kept her pension of $72,000.

Is there anyone who can find a similar “loophole” for me to stop Labor & Industries from taking my Social Security pension as an offset to my benefits? In seven years, L&I has taken more than $81,000 from me. I was told I could not double-dip, which I was not doing.

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  1. ColtonsDad says:

    Ruby, it was reported to me by one of Puyallup School Superintendent’s (Tony Apostle) neighbors that in addition to his base salary of $239,000 he is also receiving his pension from being a teacher or other district responsibilities.

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