Even worse, sheriffs have hired a few dozen of double-dippers as their undersheriffs.
Bergen’s Saudino, for example, has four undersheriffs who collect six-figure county salaries plus their pensions as retired cops. Combined, the sheriff and his four top aides rake in nearly $1.1 million a year — $583,000 in county salaries plus $512,256 from police pensions.
Since that report, one double-dipping undersheriff left office in the storm of a scandal and a double-dipping sheriff died.
George DeOld was forced to resign as Sussex County undersheriff after he was caught with a county emergency generator at his house. When DeOld lost power at home in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he chose to use government property for his personal convenience.
DeOld could afford to buy his own generator. His annual take was $162,969 a year – a $96,525 county salary from the county plus a $66,444 pension as a Paterson City police retiree.
Another double-dipper, Ocean County Sheriff William Polhemus, died in December at age 84. His temporary replacement, William Sommeling, also receives a police pension in addition to his county salary.
Gov. Chris Christie is expected to appoint a successor to Polhemus. A new sheriff will be elected in November.