The Cleveland Plain Dealer did a story this summer divulging that Commissioners Dimora and Hagan, Sheriff Bob Reid, Cleveland clerk of Courts Earle Turner, and County Treasurer Jim Rokakis are all double dippers.
The definition of "double-dip" is to "obtain income in two different ways, usually in an illicit matter."
Precisely, the double-dipping that we are referring to is the act of of a Public Employee, that is elected official (e.g. Auditor, County Commissioner, etc.); civil servant (e.g. teacher, superintendent, county administrator, other county employee, city worker) retires from public service and is re-hired after a short period. Upon re-hire the retired public employee collects the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS) pension AND the salary at the position they were re-hired to fill.
This activity is rampant everywhere. In Lake County Commissioners Dan Troy and Bob Aufuldish served for many years as elected officials and now collections OPERS pensions and salaries as County Commissioners.
Superintendent Keith Miller of the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools is retired and collecting a pension while serving as WEL Superintendent.
With unemployment ballooning...the young not being able to find jobs...do we need elected officials, city, county and state civil servants collecting a pension and a salary? Should they be taking up valuable jobs after decades of service?
Mind you: DOUBLE-DIPPING IS LEGAL IN OHIO. But, is it ethical?
Anyone want to point out more double-dippers?