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Bell ex-police chief's pension cut by more than $100,000 a year

Randy Adams

CalPERS letters to Randy Adams Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams will continue receiving generous retirement benefits even after CalPERS slashed the amount by more than $100,000.

Adams, whose $457,000 salary was higher than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's and more than double his salary when he was Glendale's chief, will receive a pension of $287,066, according to documents obtained by The Times under the California Public Records Act.

That's down considerably from the $411,300 he was expecting to receive. Much of that pension amount is based on his tenure in Glendale. CalPERS determined in an audit that his $457,000 salary was incorrectly reported, and used a significantly lower pay rate to recalculate the pension he would receive from his one-year stint in Bell.

Adams was the focus of significant criticism, in part because he was named in a suit filed by then-Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, though not charged with any crimes by Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. Bell residents questioned how he was hired, including the behind-the-scenes negotiations on his salary and benefits. 

In July 2009, Adams made an agreement with former city manager Robert Rizzo that declared him disabled even as he was hired for his post as police chief. The agreement stipulated that the incoming chief suffered lingering effect of back, knee and neck injuries sustained years earlier and that the city would support his application for a disability pension.

Disability pensions are designed for employees who must give up a job because of a work-related injury. Those who qualify do not have to pay taxes on 50% of their retirement benefits, which is intended to compensate them for lost earnings, according to CalPERS' website.

Adams' attorney has said the agreement was designed to ensure that Adams would not have to fight Bell for a medical pension.

Other Bell officials will also continue receiving pensions, including former director of community services Annette Peretz and former deputy engineer Luis Ramirez.

Peretz, who was paid more than $270,000 a year, is receiving a $119,828 annual pension. Ramirez, who earned $250,000 a year, is receiving $61,741.


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-- Ruben Vives

Photo: Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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