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article imageHighest-paid California cop raking in $484,000

By Owen Weldon     Dec 18, 2012 in World
Last year California Highway Patrol division chief Jeff Talbott retired as the best paid officer in the 12 most-populous U.S. states.
According to Bloomberg, Talbott collected $483,581 in salary, pension as well as other compensation.
Talbott, 53, received $280,259 for accrued leave as well as vacation time. He also took a new job running the public safety department at a private university located in Southern California. Talbott also started to collect an annual pension from the state, which amounts to $174,888.
According to sources, California has one of the best deals of any police force in the U.S. There are more than 5,000 California officers who are making more than $100,000, and there are around 44 who are making more than $200,000.
According to San Francisco Gate, Some troopers in California are allowed to double their annual earnings and some are also able to retire as young as 50, due to union-negotiated benefits, overtime that exceeds regular pay as well as enforcement of limits on accumulating unused vacation.
Marty Morgenstern, who is a member of Gov. Jerry Brown's cabinet, said that he thinks that some of the rules were negligent and that he thinks people were allowed to build up overtime pay, and some of the people shouldn't have been able to.
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