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Glendale residents won’t have to pay high pension for former police chief, now Bell’s embattled top cop

July 23, 2010 | 10:03 am

Glendale residents can take solace in knowing they won't be on the hook for paying the high pension of Bell Police Chief Randy Adams, who retired from the Glendale police force last year.

Adams makes $457,000 as Bell's top cop, about double what he earned in Glendale.

The small working-class city of Bell has been embroiled in controversy since last week when The Times reported the high salaries of its top three employees.

A spokesman for the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the pension giant cities across the state pay into, told the Glendale News-Press on Thursday that the agency plans to audit the city of Bell to ensure the record-high salaries being paid to top city officials fall within established guidelines.

"We have some serious concerns about these issues in the city of Bell, and we actually are going to be auditing the city around the salaries and potential pensions," said CalPERS spokesman Brad Pacheco.

Even if Adams is eligible for a massive pension payout, officials said it will be Bell, not Glendale, on the hook for making up the difference through increased annual payments to CalPERS.

"Bell is going to have a very big bill for the next 20 years to pay for these retirement benefits," said Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird.

Read the full story here.

-- Melanie Hicken, Glendale News-Press

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