Double dipping? |

Double dipping?

I’ve been following with some amusement the brouhaha surrounding Undersheriff John Trauner’s retirement. There seems to be a few of our less thoughtful neighbors who do not think John should be allowed to work as a retired annuitant for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department.

Some apparently think the undersheriff should only be allowed to go fishing, that his continuing to work is somehow playing the system. Let me put this in perspective. Undersheriff Trauner has paid into his retirement his entire career, as has Nevada County. When he retires, he draws his paycheck from the retirement system.

I wonder if any of the folk who have complained so loudly would mind if John went to work outside the sheriff’s office? He could go to work at B&C and still collect his retirement. So what is the difference with his continuing to help out as undersheriff, a position he knows? It saves the county money while they search for a replacement by hiring John as an annuitant. They pay no benefits, as those are paid by the retirement system. So, the county gets his expertise for wages only, a real bargain by any standard.

Ken Hale

Grass Valley

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