SANTA CLARA, (KCBS) – The pending departure of Santa Clara County’s fire chief is sparking some controversy, as critics accuse the chief of “double-dipping,” as he goes into retirement.

As of January 1, Kenneth Waldvogel will retire as fire chief of Santa Clara County and he’ll begin taking his pension of about $212,000 a year. But for a time, the chief is staying on as a consultant, and he’ll be paid his annual salary of $236,000.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“It doesn’t sound right,” one man said. “Double dipping is a specialty of Wall St.”

County executive Jeff Smith said the chief will only stay on untill June while the county searches for his replacement.

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Comments (12)
  1. fred.thompson says:

    $212K a year?? For a PENSION ??
    And a consultant? What complete BS. He isnt retired.. he’s just your average wall street thief.
    If he had any pride at all he would forgo one or the other.
    THIS is the reason cities are bankrupt as is the state.
    Absolutely flippin outrageous.

    1. No.blinders.allowed says:

      Then you’d better change the labor laws. As much as it appears you’d like to ignore them, public agencies can’t.

  2. nash says:

    This is why our country is bankrupt.

    Support a new ballot in 2 yrs to stop all gov. pensions RETROACTIVELY

  3. Bobo says:

    One can only hope for a myocardial infarction, or a head-on. Either works for me.

    1. Jack says:

      Probably the myocardial would be best 🙂

  4. J.D. Hodges says:

    What a rip-off.

    How dare they do this to us!

  5. raul says:

    whether or not you make $448k you have no cause to change the facts of double dipping. and whether or not you only work for a fraction of a day, it’s still double dipping.

  6. AndresIniesta says:

    Come on guys, he has to feed his family.

  7. Angie says:

    He hearned that pension and he should be compansated for any work he does on top of that…If he was consulting for another city would you still consider that double dipping?? What about a 20 year military Veteran who also serves 20 years as a cop-Isn’t that person entitled to both earned pensions??? Don’t be haters because you’re jealous he had a good job with great benefits—Cops and firefighters put their lives on the line and deserve appropriate compensation…

  8. JOshua nesbit. says:

    Fire Chief…. basically makes sure that the fire engines work! Doesn’t need a degree, doesn’t need to understand math… a fire-chief job is a ‘warm-body’ job. Most peopel with a pulse will be able to do it. OK, it probably eneds some experience and decision making….. so maybe not everyone, -but there are plenty of people who make such decisions every day. But Government Employees (Police, Fire, Teachers) have learned to milk the system.

    212000, -even doctors dont’ get that much money, -and it takes them 10 years to become one.

    America is fornicating itself, in the long run such imbalances make a society poor.

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