San Francisco police pension double-dipping program not quite dead yet 

Any Monty Python fan knows that if it’s not dead yet, you can always count on the dead collector to finish the job.

And that’s exactly what the Board of Supervisors is expected to do now with an extension on the Police Department’s Deferred Retirement Option Program — or DROP, for short. The program allows police officers to work at the department full time, earning full-time salary and benefits, while also collecting their pensions in a special account.

The program is set to expire June 30 unless the supervisors approve an extension. The going thought was that if no supervisor introduced the extension, it would just expire on its own without having to hold a hearing in which police union head, Gary Delagnes, tells supervisors how getting rid of the program will cause the Police Department to lose hundreds of officers to retirement.

But apparently the City Charter requires the extension be introduced, and that’s exactly what happened this week without any of the supervisor’s names attached. So despite being, “not dead yet,” expect DROP to head for an early retirement.

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