Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. for Deputy Fire Chief Rodondi who retires today

Culminating 30-year career including last 18 at LPFD

Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Rodondi of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department will retire this morning, culminating a 30-year career in the fire service. A public "walk out" ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. at the fire department's headquarters on Nevada Street at Bernal Avenue.

Rodondi began his career at the San Bruno Fire Department and joined the LPFD in 1997. He served as an engineer, a captain and a battalion chief before becoming deputy fire chief in 2010, according to a release from the department.

He was noted as integral to the creation of the Captain's Academy, designing and acquiring the department's newest fire engines and overseeing the design, contractor selection and beginning of construction on Fire Station 9, according to the department.

Rodondi was sent to the East Coast with the Alameda County Incident Management Team after Hurricane Sandy to provide aid.

He and his wife, Debra, raised their three children in Pleasanton. Since their children are now grown and at college, Rodondi and his wife will be retiring to Montana.

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Posted by We are paying his retirement taxes
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

Good choice to force us to pay the tax on his pension, retire to a non-tax state. He worked in CA, earned his pension in CA, had the citizens of CA pay for his contributions to his pension and now he retires to a state where he will still receive his pension but we will pay for it. He will pay no income tax on the pension in Montana, yet the taxpayers of this state will continue to fund his pension, for life, that will START at 90% of $191,000 and increase each year.

This needs to change. I am not talking about the tax grab the CA made some years back to tax PRIVATE pensions that were paid to out of state retirees. This pension is PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS STATE. As such, he should be taxed to CA for what he receives. Instead, he picks a state that has no tax and he leave all of us on the hook for his taxes. After we paid into PERS for the pension we get continue paying for the rest of his life. On a pension that will start at $172,000 per year with annual increases.

This is the kind of garbage that needs to stop now. Public employees wonder why those of us who pay their salaries are angry. This is one very good reason.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2015 at 8:44 am

Congratulations on your retirement well deserved. Montana is a beautiful state and by the way does tax pension income. Anytime you can reduce or eliminate income tax is a good day in my book.

Enjoy your retirement.

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Posted by Look on the Bright Side
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:37 am

To: We are paying his retirement taxes

Oh My Gosh!!! You must be an extremely angry person. Why can't you just say congratulations on your retirement, hope you have a great time in Montana and Thank you for your public service.


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Posted by smuchs
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

smuchs is a registered user.

If he were retiring from the military would you be saying the same thing?

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Posted by g7caligirl
a resident of Gatewood
on Jul 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

g7caligirl is a registered user.

Montana does tax retirement income, however it is significantly cheaper to live there than here. He will be living like a king! Thank you for your service and Thank you taxpayers for your largess!

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