It is not uncommon for police officers and firefighters to get jobs after retirement.
In my Village of Lakewood, experienced police officers have been hired that the village otherwise could not have afforded.
When the Village Board concluded that the price Crystal Lake was going to charge for fire protection was excessive, a private fire protection firm was hired.
Lakewood’s Chief had recently retired from a Northwest suburban fire department.
The combination of fire chief pension and salaries at new departments drew the attention of the Daily Herald‘s Jack Griffin today.
The only department that drew his attention in McHenry County was the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.
Chief Peter Van Dorpe has the lowest cited combination of pension and salary, but it is still over $200,000.
Naperville State Representative Grant Wehrli has introduced a bill to prevent retired firefighters from drawing a second pension from such retirement posts.
Last year, he passed a similar bill for police officers.