SANTA ANA (AP) — Orange County is taking its fight over a sheriff’s pension plan to the California Supreme Court.

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to continue a legal challenge to a plan that allows deputies who’ve worked for 30 years to retire at age 50 with 90 percent of their salaries.

The county sued the sheriff deputies’ union in 2008, seeking to roll back retroactive portions of the plan that were passed seven years earlier.

The Orange County Register says the county has spent more than $2 million in what so far has been a losing battle.

But officials say the county could save as much as $500 million if it eventually wins the case.

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Comments (9)
  1. Tired of waste says:

    The County has been told three times that their argument is not valid, yet they continue to waste my money with this boondoggle. The best thing that could happen is that the Supreme Court refuses to hear it! Then the out-of-state law firm wouldn’t be raping the OC taxpayers for more money! Shame on the BOS for voting to continue!

  2. sean says:

    What a scam 90% of their pay for the rest of their lives at a retirement age of 50, get real, stop stealing from the California tax payers! No one retires at 50 with 90 percent of their pay, whoever made this deal should be thrown in jail.

    1. Not newsworthy says:

      Seriously just cause they are cops it doesn’t make sense. 90% of their pay ira’s 401k etc…

  3. Vanorten says:

    This is not a scam if the state accepted the terms of the pension and passed it. I think for 30yrs of service they should get a portion of theiir salary but not at 90% rate. I think 50% is acceptable but the state will lose this battle and waste more tax payer dollars to fight a battle they should of changed decades ago.

  4. overtaxed says:

    I agree 90% salary at 50 is absolute rediculous. Waht private sector job does that? We all work and have stress. if you don’t than its a hobbie. I think the county can win and should or simply change the law! it is the right thing to do.

  5. tim says:

    If you think the pay and benefits are that great than you should apply to be a cop.

    Keep in mind that the average life expectancy of a cop is 7 years after
    retirement… Yes 57 for 30 years of service

  6. OMG says:

    so your comparing a 30 yr. career of a police officer or firefighter with that of the private sector…..what world do you live in?????

  7. Lets be fair says:

    I think they should also get a $10K bonus for every unarmed person they shoot & kill.
    That will solve the crime problem.
    also anybody that files a complaint or lawsuit against a officer should be shot as well…

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