‘Double dip’: Cleveland Police Chief rehired 2 days after retiring to collect salary, pension

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams (Source WOIO)
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams (Source WOIO)
Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 at 6:39 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Chief Calvin Williams retired from the Cleveland Division of Police on Wednesday.

Yet on Friday, Mayor Frank Jackson rehired Williams, who will continue to serve as the city’s chief of police.

Williams is now eligible to collect his $130,575/year salary and his police pension--simultaneously.

The move is known as “double dipping,” a controversial -- but legal -- maneuver that other Cleveland officials have used in the past.

Mayor Jackson has hired at least 30 double dippers since he was elected mayor in 2005. That includes two former police chiefs, Michael McGrath and Martin Flask.

Some Clevelanders believe “double dipping” is wrong and people need to take the issue to the statehouse.

“I think people need to be aware and start making some motions happening, whether it be voting," one woman said.

"Either he should continue to work or retire. One or the other,” another man said.

Not everyone thinks double dipping is wrong. Some argue it doesn’t cost additional taxpayer money because the police chief’s position would have to be filled either way and there are many Clevelanders that believe the city is better off with Chief Williams in office.

“He did everything he could for the city. I think the city is safer,” said one man.

Williams is the city of Cleveland’s 40th police chief, and has worked at the department for 32 years.

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