Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner today is a national poster child of government employee double-dippers.
A USA Today story reported that state officials across the country are moving to crack down on “retirement in place.” Greiner’s case is cited as an example of the type of double hit that states want to thwart. Greiner qualifies for the dubious national attention because he retired as police chief several years ago and immediately was rehired. That set him up to continue drawing the chief’s salary as well as retirement benefits.
Greiner also is a state senator, and he’s unapologetic about his arrangements. Greiner and his salary-and-retirement deal also have been defended by Mayor Matthew Godfrey. But I’m guessing Greiner’s double-dipping case going national is not the type of “recreational high adventure” fame Godfrey wants Ogden to keep getting in the top press.
But there’s no mistaking that there’s a groundswell in Utah’ Legislature and others across the country to end the sweet deals, especially as states reel from the economic recession.