CalPERS rules that contract work by retired city of Menlo Park personnel director is illegal Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm
The state's retirement agency took a hard line against a retired city employee collecting a pension while working as a contractor for the past year, and declared former Menlo Park personnel director Glen Kramer's contract work illegal.
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Posted by gunste, a resident of the Portola Valley: Ladera neighborhood, on Jan 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm
When one rads about the retirement pensions of our former civil servants at 80-90% of their final salaries, and then attempting to receive a large salary from their old places of employment, one need not wonder why the state and counties are in dire straights.
Civil servants always had more secure jobs than industry, where people served at will. And our elected officials usually had few compunctions about contracting taxpayer funds for the future, without providing for it. We see it many areas of state government, and the cities of Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernadino are poster examples of the result. The problems have come home to roost and the law says that we, the taxpayers have to make good what has been promised so rashly.
Posted by STeve, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm
I guess nobody else is qualified to run the personnel dept. or get a computer system working but the former employee. Hope he has to pay back all the money from the illegal contract. This should also service as notice to the Police Chief. I guess again that nobody in the police dept, can run it like a retired person from San Bruno!
Posted by Day Zha Vu, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:51 am
This is what I find so deliciously perfect about this story: when the guy had the chance, he couldn't be bothered to implement a computer system. How can he possibly be the guy for the job when he has zero experience doing so?
Posted by Disgusted, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm
STeve and Day Zha Vu - both of you are absolutely right. It was greed, and the ignorance or the corruption of City Management to allow this to go on. For all the talk about transparency - where is it here? The Council is to blame as well. The personnel director did nothing to support employees and why, would payroll be a funcition of a personnel director? The whole place should be audited!
Posted by concerned, a resident of the Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm
I couldn't agree more with disgusted. Mr. Kramer should never have been allowed to double dip and he should have to give the money back. I also think that the City should have to answer for allowing Mr. Kramer to double dip.