This is the perfect question:
"Cedar, interesting to know your opinion of this article. When I retired, one of the many forms I was given asked if I wanted to come back as a reserve officer. This was shortly before the reserve program was abolished per Chief Monroe. Of course I checked "no."
Just curious if the later retirees were given a similar form asking if they wanted to be "rehired?" If so, is this not the same situation as Chief Putney? Planning to come back as a rehire prior to retiring. Should make for some interesting conversations.
Maybe Monroe could come back as temporary chief if Putney retires."
Here's the WSOC TV Story that prompted the question:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With the State Treasurer's Office not budging on its position, the city of Charlotte is exploring new ways to keep the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in place through the Republican National Convention, multiple sources told Channel 9.
Potential options include a compensation increase or a bonus.
This all stems from an ongoing controversy dating back to October when the city of Charlotte announced chief Kerr Putney's retirement plan.
The plan is for Putney to retire Jan. 1, take a couple months off and then return to serve as police chief through the Republican National Convention.
The State Treasurer's Office said that pre-planned arrangement to return to service is illegal.
The city and state have been talking the past couple weeks and the state's position has not changed.
In an email sent last week to employers participating in the State and Local Retirement Systems, the state reiterated its position:
"We must reiterate that the State and Local Retirement Systems in North Carolina cannot pay retirement benefits when an employee has pre-arranged to return to work in any capacity after retirement," the email said.
In an interview with Channel 9 earlier this week, Putney expressed his frustration over the whole situation.
"It is disappointing that it went to the state," Putney said. "I was hopeful we could resolve this so state retirement wouldn't be part of the conversation. Here we are."
Sources told Channel 9 the city is looking at all options to try to keep the police chief for the convention.
The options according to sources is additional compensation or a bonus for Putney to make up for money that he would have received had the original plan come to fruition. This falls under city manager Marcus Jones' authority.
An exact dollar figure isn't available, but is estimated to be in the tens of thousands. Terms of a potential bonus are unclear including whether it will be for retention or whether it will require an achievement of certain goals.
A spokesperson for Putney did not respond when asked if he would be interested in that.
Chief Putney told us earlier this week that this is out of his hands.
"My job's not done, my job's not done yet," he said. "I wish we could be talking about something other than retirement, right now I am done talking about it."
Several things going on here and none of them pass the smell test:
First - the retire and hire back program or programs have always been a sham. The general public is not smart enough to understand what is going on but here's the simple gouge on this scheme:
If you wait until age 65 (the age most "boomers" consider retirement age) your NC State monthly Pension is reduced by the amount of your social security. But if you "retire" at say age 50 and don't take social security until 62 you can ride on the backs of North Carolina and Charlotte Taxpayers for 12 years. We are talking serious green.
(Age 62 is the age at which the "city supplement" stops.)
Plus, if you can work your CMPD job at your usual pay after a brief "vacation" so much the better. After all that's the game we are in to win, more savings for retirement.
In effect it is double dipping at tax payers expense while also continuing to build your retriement via social security "nest egg" that you're not touching.
Second - Any "scheme" to fatten the pay grade of the chief just to have him work through the convention won't go over well with the boots on the street.
Plus the number of CMPD Officer planning to jump ship before RNC 2020 if the scuttlebutt is true will mean even fewer manpower numbers.