Assemblyman Tom W. Lackey (R-Palmdale) agrees that additional action is required to make public pensions sustainable, but he defended his benefits.
Lackey was 54 when he retired as a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol.
receives an annual pension of $111,792 from the California Public Employees'
Retirement System in addition to his
$97,188 legislative salary.
did not accept a pay raise last year.
said the low retirement age for law enforcement officers and firefighters is justified.
"There is clearly room for improvement on the sustainability issue," Lackey
"I do believe in my situation, law enforcement pensions deserve unique consideration just because of the danger and all the circumstances that surround that type of career."
said 56 CHP
officers died in the line of duty during his
28 years with the agency.
also noted that current state lawmakers do not accrue credit for a pension.
Assemblyman Tom W. Lackey (R-Palmdale)
Government service: Lackey
retired at age 54 as a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol
Biographical details: He
did not accept a pay raise last year, so he
receives a Senate salary of $97,188.
Lackey is vice chairman of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review.