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Glendale seeks to block pension benefits for Bell police chief

July 28, 2010 |  8:33 am

Glendale has joined two other cities in trying to block what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension payments for Randy Adams, whose lucrative stint as police chief of Bell continues to have far-reaching consequences via the state's complicated employee retirement system.

Adams, who previously worked for the police departments in Glendale, Simi Valley and Ventura, was forced to step down last week as police chief of Bell amid growing outcry over his $457,000 salary in a relatively poor city of about 40,000 people.

Glendale officials at first believed that the $457,000 salary Adams received in Bell would not increase the money they paid to the state employee retirement system, or CalPERS, for his five years in Glendale. But a review by the city' state pension actuary determined that Adams' stint in Bell will cost Glendale taxpayers between $500,000 and $600,000 in additional benefits, or about $40,000 a year for the length of his retirement.

Read the full story in the Glendale News-Press.

For full coverage of the Bell salary scandal, check out www.latimes.com/Bell.

-- Bill Kisliuk, Glendale News-Press