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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
With several local officials retiring from their position and then being re-hired – called "double dipping" – Toledo City Council has been asked to review their plan to have Toledo Police Chief Derrick Diggs do just that.
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell announced last week that Chief Diggs will retire, but then be re-hired as soon as legally possible. Diggs has to retire my March 21 in order to protect his pension, but said he has much more work to do for the city. State law allows him to be re-hired.
Legally, Diggs could receive his pension and a chief's salary.
"He's done a great job," said Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski. "He's been doing a great job and I hope he continues."
But Waniewski admitted it might be time for the city to consider following Perrysburg Township's lead regarding their police chief, Mark Hetrick.
Hetrick retired at the end of 2012 after changes in the retirement system, but he also said he's not done working. So he agreed to come back as chief, but is accepting a starting patrolman's salary – a reduction of $25,000 to his previous salary. He's doing it to save the township money.
"And if there's a way, I would rather either Chief Diggs or the mayor put that forth on a reduced salary, reduced benefits," Waniewski said. "Something to save the taxpayers money."
City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson, however, said it's a different situation than in the township. Toledo has a home rule charter, and Toledo's police chief would have set salary ranges that he would have to fall within.