Rusty Kennedy-Orange County's classic double-dipper?
Reference is made to my last post about the motion to reduce the annual funding of the Orange County Human Relations Commission.
I am cross-posting an article by the Friends of Fullerton's Future, an Orange County blog dedicated to bringing justice in the police beating case of a Fullerton homeless man named Kelly Thomas. This blog is also a frequent critic of the feckless and politically-correct Orange County Human Relations Commission under CEO Rusty Kennedy.
As the above-linked article describes, the OC Board of Supervisors is debating-and will decide next Tuesday on continued funding for the OCHRC. It comes down to the vote of Supervisor Patricia Bates. Two supervisors favor the same level of funding for the OCHRC ($302,000 per annum). Two favor a reduction to $202,000 per annum. Ms Bates wants a "forensic review" of OCHRC's record of spending money-specifically monies and contracts paid to county retirees. Pay particular attention to the statement below as to funds paid in salary and retirement to Rusty Kennedy.
"The Council employs a fellow by the name of Rusty Kennedy about a hundred grand to be the Commission’s Executive Director, a job he used to hold as a public employee of the County, and a job for which he now pulls down an annual pension of over $120,000 per year. Yowza! $220,000 a year"
-Friends for Fullerton's Future
I must confess that this is new information for me. Can this be true-that Rusty Kennedy is receiving a pension from Orange County at $120,000 for his work as CEO of the OCHRC (going back to 1981) and also being paid a salary of $100,000 to do the same work today?
Ms Bates, are you reading this?
Update: Here is my letter to Ms Bates:
Dear Supervisor Bates, I am Gary Fouse of ________, and I spoke at Tuesday's meeting against funding for the OCHRC. I understand that your vote hinges on the question of OCHRC
funds and contracts going to OC County retirees and double-dippers. According to Friends for Fullerton's Future, Rusty Kennedy is receiving a pension of $120,000 from OC for his work on OCHRC going back to 1981, plus $100,000 for his current position at OCHRC. http://garyfouse.blogspot.com/2012/06/oc-human-relations-commission-case-of.html If this is true, what more needs to be said? Sincerely, Gary Fouse