Monday, November 22, 2010

Sheriff DiPaola and double dipping

From the Globe:

Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola had it all lined up. He was going to take advantage of a loophole in state law allowing him to collect a $98,500 annual pension on top of his sheriff’s salary of $123,000, starting next year.

But after a sleepless Friday night, he succumbed to second thoughts.

“I think I made a mistake,’’ he said in an early-morning phone call to a Globe reporter yesterday.

Instead of taking his pension and keeping his job, the longtime sheriff said he has decided to resign in January, just weeks after easily winning reelection on Nov. 2. Governor Deval Patrick will name his successor.

Until the Globe began asking about his retirement deal on Friday, DiPaola had a much different plan.

DiPaola, a 57-year-old Democrat, had quietly filed retirement papers on Oct. 28, looking to exploit a section of the state pension law that allows retirees to run for paid elective office without losing their pensions. All he had to do was not accept a paycheck until his new term began in January.

That gambit, which even his own employees seemed unaware of, would have increased his annual income by $98,500 for doing the same job he’s been doing since 1997.


At November 23, 2010 at 1:32 PM , Blogger Fred J. said...

You are saying this is a not planned, Patrick gets to name a new sheriff? I am not sure I would buy that. How do we know this is not just another election scam being played out on MA voters?

At November 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Eric said...

Seems like maybe this guy had a conscience after all. The truth of the matter is the double dipping was not anything illegal, it is the way the pension system is set up. Not sure he should have been beat up the way he was over that. I think I heard there were also some questions about his campaign finances, so maybe there were some skeletons buried in that closet he did not want to face. But I think we have to acknowledge the guy did a good job as sherrif, don't you think?

At November 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Hard to know if any of the elected elite in this state do a good job on our behalf. But one thing is clear, he was and still is being investigated for illegally funneling campaign contributions for his own use.

Perhaps he knew that the secrets were going to be uncovered in his closet and didn't want to go through that embarrassment.

And just wait and see how much money his wife will get the rest of her life.


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