End of 'double-dipping' expected to s...

End of 'double-dipping' expected to save state millions - Ruido...

There are 9 comments on the Ruidoso News story from Mar 16, 2010, titled End of 'double-dipping' expected to save state millions - Ruido.... In it, Ruidoso News reports that:

Gov. Bill Richardson has sign-ed a bill to end the practice of double dipping in New Mexico, which analysts say will save the state more than $2.2 million in Fiscal Year 2011.

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jhawk

Ruidoso, NM

#1 Mar 17, 2010
Double dipping. It would help if someone would show the math on how this saves money.

Thus far it makes no sense.
rkms

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Mar 18, 2010
Go back and check out the Larry Barker reports. KRQE news
Ludy Chris

United States

#3 Mar 18, 2010
I don't think it saves money. What it does is give new jobs to those who are needing it and not those drawing retirement.
Da Sheriff

Ruidoso, NM

#4 Mar 19, 2010
What about our LC sheriff? If I remember correctly, he resigned before the election, then unresigned, got himself re-elected sheriff and is now double-dipping.



and

Carrizozo, NM

#5 Mar 19, 2010
Da Sheriff wrote:
What about our LC sheriff? If I remember correctly, he resigned before the election, then unresigned, got himself re-elected sheriff and is now double-dipping.
Every law enforcement agency in the state has officers that are retired and go back to work. It is hard enough to find good officers anymore so they go back to work. So what is your point? you saying that anyone that is double dipping is bad?
Break the system

Alto, NM

#6 Mar 19, 2010
and wrote:
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Every law enforcement agency in the state has officers that are retired and go back to work. It is hard enough to find good officers anymore so they go back to work. So what is your point? you saying that anyone that is double dipping is bad?
Heck no, everyone line up to line your own pockets while the system is driven to bankruptcy. In a long history of crimes this is chump change for the sheriff.
Grammar Nazi

Ruidoso, NM

#7 Mar 20, 2010
and wrote:
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Every law enforcement agency in the state has officers that are retired and go back to work. It is hard enough to find good officers anymore so they go back to work. So what is your point? you saying that anyone that is double dipping is bad?
Nope, not saying it is bad, or good. Just was musing whether the sheriff will lose part of his pay because of the legislation. Recall that some posters here on Topix criticized, and some defended, the sheriff's sudden decision to retire four days before the elections, and then his "unretirement" days after that allowed him to double dip.

You say "every law enforcement agency in the state" has retired officers who are still working. So why did they retire in the first place and does that not create a bottleneck for younger, potential officers?

Just wondering is all.
Frank Ochoa

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Mar 20, 2010
Grammar Nazi wrote:
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Nope, not saying it is bad, or good. Just was musing whether the sheriff will lose part of his pay because of the legislation. Recall that some posters here on Topix criticized, and some defended, the sheriff's sudden decision to retire four days before the elections, and then his "unretirement" days after that allowed him to double dip.
You say "every law enforcement agency in the state" has retired officers who are still working. So why did they retire in the first place and does that not create a bottleneck for younger, potential officers?
Just wondering is all.
It only creates a bottleneck if the retired officer returns to work at a high level in the same department he retires from. If the retiree goes to a different department or returns to a lower rank in his original department there would be no bottleneck.

Now a high ranking officer can not work in any other position if it pays less than his retirement without losing money. The unintended consequence of this legislation is those high ranking officers have no place to go in this state in their chosen profession so they are more likely to stay in their rank for a longer time. This helps them increase their retirement payout. Since there is no chance of employment in a PERA agency again, the chiefs, captains, lieutenants, and sergeants will stay until their health gives out. Now we have a bottleneck. The lower ranking officers will have to wait until somebody dies to see a promotion.
Ludy Chris

United States

#9 Mar 25, 2010
Da Sheriff wrote:
What about our LC sheriff? If I remember correctly, he resigned before the election, then unresigned, got himself re-elected sheriff and is now double-dipping.
The Sheriff of Lincoln County "retired" because he knew that it had been uncovered that he and his cute wife were running a theft ring and he expected to go to the pen. Unfortunately the ducks were not in a row and it didn't happen. Doesn't mean he is innocent but I didn't say that - he's been known to hide bodies.

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