An Illustration of RI’s Advantaged Class in Cranston
Like the swapping of high-paying public jobs for the sons of union leaders, the fact that Cranston is currently paying $67,107-86,778 annual pensions to six former police chiefs feels emblematic of the state’s broader systemic corruption:
In the past 20 years, Cranston has hired — and retired — six police chiefs.
Most served three years or less at the helm of the Cranston Police Department and they ranged in age from 48 to 51 when they retired. Their pensions are based on their salaries on the day they retired — with no minimum tenure or averaging of final years of pay.
The retirements placed six top-salaried employees on Cranston’s pension payroll with guaranteed minimum 3-percent cost-of-living raises each year for life.
There is clearly a class that lords it over Rhode Island. Get into the club, and you’re set for life. Otherwise, you’ll spend your years in the state with a target on your back… or rather, on your wallet. All but one of these ostensible community leaders retired in his 40s.