Santa Clara Fire Chief Draws Salary And Pension

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Kenneth Waldvogel (Santa Clara County Fire Department)

Kenneth Waldvogel (Santa Clara County Fire Department)

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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