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Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District chief retires with sizable pension

There are 28 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Dec 5, 2010, titled Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District chief retires with sizable pension. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

There was no shortage of applicants to be the next general manager of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.

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NorthFremont Redneck

Lucerne, CA

#1 Dec 5, 2010
$212,400?
We've been asleep at the switch (along with The Herald)!
Time to vote the bums out!
WhatThe

Salinas, CA

#2 Dec 5, 2010
I don't care what that artical read, that is Bull Shyte. He is one of the highest paid public officals? Sorry but real estate contracts and a very small parks district manager does not work harder or do more than the CAO, CM, Chiefs et al. This is out and out rip off. Belle, Ca meet Monterey Regional Parks District. Rip off!
How does this happen

Monterey, CA

#3 Dec 5, 2010
How can he be retired AND then working as a consultant for that rediculous high pay. Either he is retired or he is working = pick one, you don't get to do both. Does this happen to all local gov employees?
As far as his salary goes, I would be more curious if his pay was equal to other park managers in other high cost of living counties. If it is fair then so be it.
However, double dipping is probaly not illegal, but for sure ethically wrong!
wonders

Salinas, CA

#4 Dec 5, 2010
How does this happen wrote:
How can he be retired AND then working as a consultant for that rediculous high pay. Either he is retired or he is working = pick one, you don't get to do both. Does this happen to all local gov employees?
As far as his salary goes, I would be more curious if his pay was equal to other park managers in other high cost of living counties. If it is fair then so be it.
However, double dipping is probaly not illegal, but for sure ethically wrong!
Its the same thing all over Monterey County..The management retires then gets hired back as a consultant until a replacement is hired. Instead of putting the second in command in charge until a replacement is hired. Look at all of the Chiefs of Police and Fire that have retired and then become consultants until replacements are hired. It has happened in Salinas, Seaside, and about to happen in Monterey. What a racket and a waste of money
Parity

Stockton, CA

#5 Dec 5, 2010
$84k salary in 1998 to $240k in 2010.
Isn't parity great?
No public employee/servant merits a higher pay than do our local Superior Court judges, publically employed MDs, or our US military Four Star generals....
Period.
...and that's a salary range of around $175k per year.
That why we are going to go BK, Folks...
We will never be able to afford the pensions, with the current"parity" pay levels, plans, and perks.
Wow

Salinas, CA

#6 Dec 5, 2010
An enlisted member of the armed forces retiring after thirty years can expect a pension of around $60,000/year. This person places his/her life on the line and sacrifices time with their family on a regular basis. The district park chief does what to deserve almost three times this pension (let alone a final year bloated salary of $249k - another scam to increase final pension in the last year of work)? This is one of the many reasons why both the state and its cities are going bankrupt... Public apathy towards monitoring its elected and appointed officials isn't helping either.
frustrated

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#7 Dec 5, 2010
It's not just that he is being paid a rediculous amount for the job & retirement, especially considering requirements, no overhead, no post graduate degree, what a joke...how may park rangers could have been hired to open all these "appointment only parks"? what is the point of having them if we can't use them! The park district is supposed to provide open space, not enrich staff. Time to clean house.
Nice

Salinas, CA

#8 Dec 5, 2010
The district board is determining their own salaries. Then they bump up their friend's pay by almost $40,000 in the last year so they can inflate the state paid pension. I'm glad I'm leaving California. This state is doomed and nobody seems to care. I hope everyone of the city and state employees that have participated in this pension/salary scam enjoy not getting paid at once the PERS systems collapses. Their greed caused this, and the public's lack of concern let it happen.
YGBSM

United States

#9 Dec 5, 2010
Utterly disgusting. Retirement pay plus $130/HOUR? This is just one of many reasons why we're going to start seeing governmental budgets at all levels start collapsing next year.
FROMPG

Pacific Grove, CA

#10 Dec 5, 2010
Mr. Parsons he is not one of the highest paid public officials he is the highest paid public official. The Board needs to be ridden out of town on a rail. They will not run unopposed next election after these comments. It would also be interesting to find out what they get for going to a meeting a month. As to his accomplishments and responsibilities dictating his salary...Really? If that's the case a teacher should be paif a million dollars a yea using that reasoning. Good grief.
Robert

Salinas, CA

#11 Dec 5, 2010
Its time to send the new state attorney after them, they can still be prosecuted, them and the rest that inspired to commit this fraud. Its up to the people to call for investigation like the people of the City of Bell,Ca.
Valerie Plume

Salinas, CA

#12 Dec 5, 2010
Here we are in 2010 and some people are still under the mistaken impression Life is Fair. Grow up. Wake up. Quit whining. Do something (other than post a forum rant).
BTW, it is not the Herald's job to be your watchdog.
taxpayer

Monterey, CA

#15 Dec 5, 2010
How does this happen wrote:
How can he be retired AND then working as a consultant for that rediculous high pay. Either he is retired or he is working = pick one, you don't get to do both. Does this happen to all local gov employees?
As far as his salary goes, I would be more curious if his pay was equal to other park managers in other high cost of living counties. If it is fair then so be it.
However, double dipping is probaly not illegal, but for sure ethically wrong!
YOU must compare these salaries to the PRIVATE sector not other govt related positions..get the point and educate yourself...compare to the private sector....SO BE IT...a typical ignorant response from ignorant citizen
Public Emp Retired Scam

Salinas, CA

#16 Dec 5, 2010
Great use of tax dollars. Ring a Bell?
sasha

Los Gatos, CA

#17 Dec 5, 2010
This man did an incredible job! What is it about people, do they expect that retires will slink off to tim buck two and sleep under a tree when they retire?
dickchenney18

Salinas, CA

#18 Dec 5, 2010
Sasha,Valerie Plume,taxpayer all related to the general manager.
ex driver

Monterey, CA

#19 Dec 5, 2010
Pretty damned disgusting. I am betting money that local Democrats who control most arms of our local Government will continue to feather their very large nests.
paul

United States

#20 Dec 5, 2010
time for a review of the compensation of every public official in the county. this is an outrage. I'm sure is commonplace amongst our public 'servants' as they all nustle up to the public trough and suck the taxpayers dry as they enrich themselves and pat each other on the back.
TKO

AOL

#21 Dec 5, 2010
These pigs have been feeding at the public trough for years. While the budgets keep cutting back programs, parks, recreation, libraries, public safety, the good ol' boys keep lining their pockets and their retirement at the public's (taxpayer's )expense. Police, sheriff's department, fire departments...it's a joke and they are laughing all the way to the bank. I recently talked to an acquaintance who is midway up in one of the "public safety" departments - he was laughing because he was logging so much overtime that he will make over $220K this year and he barely works a 6-hr day but gets paid for 8 plus OT!'Course it didn't bother him at all!
natureboy

Monterey, CA

#22 Dec 5, 2010
this is sick. he supervises 16 employees! BFD. this does ring a Bell-- with the district board members here playing the roles of the city council people there. someone send a copy of this article to the AG.

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