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Pleasanton Weekly

Column - January 26, 2007

Around Pleasanton

Retirements coming earlier for Pleasanton police chiefs

by Jeb Bing

If you think new police chiefs are being appointed more frequently in Pleasanton, you're right. This week, Capt. Michael Fraser was sworn in as the chief of the Pleasanton force, succeeding retiring Chief Tim Neal, 52, who's been at the post for 7 1/2 years. Now 53, Fraser has been on the city's force since 1980, making him eligible for retirement in just four more years. Since the statewide police pension system provides full retirement benefits and 90 percent of their highest pay to police who are at least 50 years old and have served 30 years in municipal police work, those who continue on would be working for 10-cents on the dollar. There's even great personal risk to staying on the job even if you want to since the benefit and ongoing retirement pay package ends if you should die before retiring. The surviving spouse collects what's been paid into the system and vested, but nothing ongoing. Fiscally and practically, the state pension plan works to discourage 30-year veterans from continuing in their job unlike in the private sector where junior executives just reaching their 50s and with 30 years of experience are prime candidates for their companies' top positions.

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Posted by ray mccloud
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2007 at 10:33 am

YOUR FACTS ARE NOT CORRECT, WALT MCCLOUD MY FATHER WAS STILL THE CHIEF
DURING THE 1976 THUR 1978 PERIOD EXCEPT HE WAS PUT IN CHARGE OF THE FIRE DEPT AS WELL AS POLICE. IT WAS A PLAN THE CITY WAS TRYING OUT TO SAVE MONEY.