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Retired Hollywood police chief has new job with Broward Sheriff’s Office

 

cteproff@MiamiHerald.com

Just a week after retiring from Hollywood, former Police Chief Chad Wagner has a new job: He’s a captain with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Wagner, 52, is currently in orientation for his new job and has not yet been assigned, BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in an email. He will be paid $111,410 and is eligible to take part in BSO’s pension program as part of his benefits package.

“I briefly spoke to Capt. Wagner, and he said he likes the direction Sheriff [Scott] Israel is taking the agency and he’s pleased to be a part of the team,” Coleman-Wright wrote.

Wagner was earning $134,596 in Hollywood, where he’d started in 1983 as a patrol officer. Wagner was enrolled in the city’s lucrative DROP program — Deferred Retirement Option Plan — that allowed employees to “retire,” but continue to work and earn a salary. However, they have to leave at a designated time. Wagner’s time was up in January.

DROP is no longer an option in Hollywood.

Calls to the pension office to find out Wagner’s pension payout were not returned Thursday, nor did Wagner return calls.

It is not uncommon for a law enforcement officer to stay with a department for their entire career, retire and then start a new career.

Fred Nesbitt, spokesman for Florida Public Pension Trustees Associations, said because of the young retirement age, a lot of retirees go back to work. In doing, they could be eligible for a second pension.

When Wagner left, Maj. Vince Affanato was named interim chief until a permanent replacement can be found.

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