on October 05, 2014 at 6:31 AM, updated October 05, 2014 at 6:35 AM
On July 3, The Times published my letter about the current Mercer County sheriff’s race. The main issue was the pervasive “double dipping” within the entire Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.
The current sheriff, Jack Kemler, who retired from prior government service, collects a yearly pension of $85,000. When this is added to his sheriff’s pay, he receives almost $240,000 per year. The question must be asked: Are the taxpayers of Mercer County aware of this double-dipping scheme?
In the last several weeks, several news stories on television, radio and the internet have further brought this issue to light. In addition to the sitting sheriff, five other double-dippers have been identified currently working for the Mercer sheriff’s office, grossing approximately $500,000 in pension payments per year, every year, which the taxpayers have to fund.
As Republican candidate for Mercer County sheriff, I have pledged to give up my State Police pension of $91,000 per year, and collect only the sheriff’s salary if elected in November. This will be my way to help the state’s broken pension system from going bankrupt.
This outrageous double-dipping is made additionally egregious when the sheriff refuses to answer questions from the press regarding this topic. Instead, Sheriff Kemler chooses to refer questions pertaining to him and his agency to the Mercer County Democratic Committee chairperson to speak for him.
Mercer County taxpayers deserve better. Speak out, demand that your elected official speak for himself, and vote for change in November!
-- David C. Jones,
The writer is a Republican candidate for Mercer County sheriff.
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