On Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle published some eye-opening salaries paid to law enforcement chiefs on their way to retirement.
In 2009, retiring S.F. Police Chief Heather Fong, age 52 at the time, collected $528,595 in her final year, which included $303,653 for unused vacation, sick and comp time. She will receive an annual pension of $229,500 for the rest of her life.
Former Deputy Chief Charles Keohane, who also retired in 2009, collected $516, 118 in his final year, which included $325,503 for unused vacation, sick and comp time.
Retiring Commander and S.F Assistant Police Chief Morris Tabak took home $425,558 in his final year, which included $173,703 in unused vacation, sick and comp time.
Three Bay Area Rapid Transit senior officers also did well by retiring in 2009 and 2010. Commander Travis Gibson earned a total of $355,000, Commander Maria White earned a total of $282,453 and Sgt. Mark Macaulay took home $286,152, including $140,908 in overtime. Macaulay is still employed on the force, and may pop up next year again as a highly-paid member of the BART police department.
All the retiring police officers also will receive six-figure pensions.