Local Double-Dippers

Filtering data on participants in the New Jersey retirement for only those linked to Union County (including municipalities and authorities) yields 39,350 entries with total annual salaries of $1,353,357,535 and pensions of $612,010,813. Of those, 178 participants are double-dippers with annual salaries of $7,816,950 and pensions of $6,281,373 who fall into four categories (with examples):

A) Retiree plus full-time job: Douglas Marvin getting a pension of $82,194 as a former Chief of Police and a salary of $148,131 as the current Borough Administrator, both from New Providence.

B) Multiple-salaries: Judge Roman Montes making $146,697 from Elizabeth and $62,424 from Rahway but still finding the time to do independent research, at least when it involves a stripper coming before him.

C) Multiple-pensions: Throughout the data there were participants with the same name and year of birth (and even last employer) who were listed as getting two pensions:

  • Louis Kelly of Elizabeth getting $104,608 and $74,719
  • Ronald Venhorst of the Elizabeth Board of Education getting $59,584 twice
  • Martin Lynch of Union County getting $65,455 and $48,246
  • Robert ODell of Union Twp Board of Education getting $51,137 twice
  • Thomas Long getting $91,652 from Linden and $8,622 from Union County
  • Michael Orak getting $95,511 from Elizabeth and $2,545 from Union County
  • E. Muzik of Clark getting $46,745 twice
  • Thomas Frank of Plainfield getting $52,128 and $39,540
  • John Hynes of Elizabeth getting $52,196 and $37,797
  • John Keaveney getting $72,133 from Plainfield and $14,561 from Union Co. Votech
  • Thomas Caverly of Linden getting $54,125 and $31,500
  • Robert Taylor getting $82,583 from Clark and $1,770 from Kenilworth

There could be several explanations, from data error to separate pensions from two jobs. For example, Robert Taylor was a long-time football coach at David Brearley High School in Kenilworth who took a full-time job at Arthur Johnson High School in Clark after they closed Brearley temporarily in 1993.  Here is a clip of him in action from the coverage of the classic Brearley/Johnson game of ’87:


D) Retiree plus two jobs: Edward Jackus getting a pension of $72,124 from the Elizabeth Board of Education and salaries of $59,511 from Elizabeth and $4,000 as a Commissioner of the Union County Utilities Authority. Here is a clip of him in action from the coverage of the UCUA Stipend Scandal of ’14:

Top Union County double-dippers:


28 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on August 20, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    You didn’t mention local Tax assessors and construction code officials. It seems to be fairly routine for them to work “half days” in more than one town at the same time …..sometimes as many as SIX (yup, you read that correctly). Usually adds up to a total WAY more than a full-time job with the same title would pay.

    While some argue that the towns are “saving money”, it sounds more like they are PAYING for 4 hrs/day while getting 2 hrs/day worth of work.


    • They are there under multiple-salaries but Roman Montes had a more engaging story. A little behind him in that category at $188,538 combined is Paul Parsons the Kenilworth tax assessor whose main job is in Union Twp.


  2. Posted by Tough Love on August 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    WAY off topic (sorry);

    Our Fake-President just disbanded the The 15-person Advisory Committee for Sustained National Climate Assessment so avoid release of their Final Draft report partially assigning blame for Climate Change on human activity.

    Below is a link to the final draft report.

    It is SOOOOOOOO past time for impeaching this guy.


    • Posted by Anonymous on August 21, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Ah yes our (well not mine) POTUS the voice of (T)reason !


      • Posted by Anonymous on August 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        At least he’s sending the debt in the right direction …our politicians could use him …. ”
        President Trump Cuts More US Debt for a Longer Period of Time Than Any President in History”


        • Posted by Anonymous on August 21, 2017 at 1:13 pm

          Please what right wing fake news network did you get this BS from. I’m assuming this includes his revenue neutral tax cut primarily got the top 1% – LOL!


  3. Posted by bpaterson on August 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    why cant the give that second job to another person, maybe who is unemployed who may have the credentials, or is this just being done to pad pensions.


    • Posted by Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      totally agree, just goes to the lack of moral character and greed of the double dipper


    • Posted by Tough Love on August 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      That ignores the real issue.

      Public Sector pensions are BOTH way too generous and can be collected (w/o an early retirement reduction) at way too early an age.

      If Public Sector pensions were comparable to the now-long-gone Single Employer Corporate DB Plans offered in the Private Sector, by the time the pension was sufficiently large enough to retire, they’d be too old and too tired to take another full-time job after retiring.

      Freeze or at least very materially reduce the (now ludicrous) pension generosity and with full (5% per year of age) early retirement reductions for collecting one’s pension before age 65, and the problem (double dipping) all but disappears


    • Posted by George on August 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      why cant the give that second job to another person,

      One reason is you would have to provide two heath plans. If the second person were younger you might have a whole family.


  4. Posted by Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Looks like our fake-President is at is AGAIN.

    First it was his disbanding of the Climate Change Advisory Committee, and now he halts the Mountaintop Mining Health Risks Study.

    Way past time to impeach this turkey.


    • Posted by Anonymous on August 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      An article about Trump’s halting of the halting of the Mountaintop Mining Health Risks Study:


      And a few quotes from that article:

      “It’s infuriating that Trump would halt this study on the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining, research that people in Appalachia have been demanding for years,” Bill Price, Senior Appalachia Organizing Representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said in a statement.

      “Stopping this study is a ploy to stop science in its tracks and keep the public in the dark about health risks as a favor to the mining industry, pure and simple,” Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said in a statement.


  5. Posted by Unanimous on August 23, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Still off topic:

    It may be too late, lose/lose. Between Scylla and Charybdis.

    If your so-called president doesn’t finish his term (which is likely), whether he is forced out or quits, he will be a martyr to at least a third of the country. Limbaugh and Savage are already using the CW word. May be playing with fire, but it’s great for the ratings.

    Yes, Civil War II

    (Or Word War III)


  6. Posted by Earth on August 23, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Earth to unanimice:

    This time next year, pensions may be the least of your problems.


    • Posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

      At least the courts will force pension funding in some states …will they force the issue here …?…http://www.wirepoints.com/court-ordered-taxes-for-pensions-begins-in-illinois-litigation-turmoil-looms-wirepoints-original/


      • Posted by S Moderation Honestly on August 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        It’s starting…

        “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked.

        “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”



      • Posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm



      • Posted by PS Drone on August 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

        This is just like the “courts” penalizing the ponzi scheme operator to pay back the $28 million he stole while he is in prison and has no assets. Good luck collecting.


        • Posted by George on August 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm


          Population 25000, down from 35000 in 1980. 75% black, balance mostly hispanic.

          The median income for a household in the city was $31,958, and the median income for a family was $35,378. Males had a median income of $30,610 versus $25,248 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,336. About 20.3% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

          The city faces severe financial problems.[15] It failed to fund its police and fire pensions from 2010 to 2013, paying just $140 of its $10.1 million required contributions.[16] Since 2007, it has refused to audit its municipal finances as required by the state,[17] and the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that during this time there was “a scheme to divert bond proceeds for improper purposes.”[18] As of September 2014, some aldermen were concerned the city could soon be unable to make payroll.[19]


  7. Posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I think Trump had one too many Coronas (that’s right Mexican beer) on eclipse day and it fried his brain.


  8. Posted by Anonymous on August 23, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    If it wasn’t for all this real (fake – LOL) news Trump would be doing a lot better.


  9. Posted by truesally on August 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Question for all you accountants …If the winner decides to take the 30 year payout and lives in New Jersey which has a state income tax …but decides to move to Fla to retire will they be required to pay state income tax on the winnings over the next 30 years even though they no longer live in the state ..


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