WFTV Channel 9 reports that nine Apopka, Florida employees who signed contracts with the city’s Republican former mayor, John Land, are now receiving pensions on top of their salaries.
Land signed contracts that allowed several weeks of severance pay for the employees; Reporter Lori Brown found that the city’s administrator, Richard Anderson, was granted 40 weeks of pay, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to the report:
Records show an Apopka police captain is earning $165,000 a year and Anderson is taking home $261,000 each year.
Anderson started working for the city right out of high school as a volunteer firefighter. He managed to work way to up to the top without a college degree.
“With his pension the city administrator is earning $260,000 a year. Is that a good deal for taxpayers?”
City Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith answered,
“I think it is. That’s a unique situation. He’s been with the city over 40 years. He’s very talented and understands the workings of the city.”
Apopka, Fla. resident Barbara Zakszewski expressed concern:
“Double dipping at taxpayer expense is ridiculous. “They’re the servants, we’re the citizens. They work for us, there’s something not right there.”
WFTV 9 showed the pension numbers to Orange County Comptroller, Martha Haynie, who said,
“I think it leaves a bad taste in people’s mouth. In some limited circumstances you might want to bring people back. It appears as though it’s become a habit in this city and one they might want to look at breaking.”
Mayor Land approved the pensions; current Mayor Joe Kilsheimer didn’t want to comment about them. Land is the longest serving mayor in Florida and one of the longest serving mayors in the United States.
Small government? Not for this Republican.
Watch this report on Land’s pension scam.
source: WFTV Channel 9