Uncovering yet another Cleveland Police double-dipper

Uncovering yet another Cleveland Police double-dipper
Ed Gallek confronts Third District Commander Pat Stephens for questions
Ed Gallek confronts Third District Commander Pat Stephens for questions

We' ve found another Cleveland Police supervisor under fire for double-dipping.

Third District Commander Pat Stephens retired New Years Eve, but he's back on the job in the same position. So he can now collect a pension and a salary.

19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek tracked down Stephens leaving a news conference for other police officials moved to new jobs even though they retired and were rehired long ago. Michael Mcgrath and Martin Flask have double- dipped for years.

In 2012, Cleveland Police Commander Gary Gingell retired, then got rehired.

And the pay is good. For example, standard pay for commanders in the city is $100,000.

The mayor tells 19 Action News, Stephens was in a retirement program and had to go.

But the mayor says he like the commander's work so much, he brought him back.

A sweetheart deal most folks can't get, but not unusual anymore in the police department.

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