The Swarm

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April 8, 2010
Don Mette, Sac Metro's ex-chief, is among top ten pensioners
Thumbnail image for PK RANCHO METTE.JPGNewly retired Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Chief Don Mette just made the list of top ten public employee pensioners in California, a dubious distinction, one that ought to alarm taxpayers. 

Number 8 on the list compiled by a a group of pension reformers, Mette collects $240,999 a year in retirement. For a look at all the top ten pensioners, please go here

Mette's pension shouldn't surprise anyone who's been paying attention. Bloated salaries and benefits have been the long established practice at Sac Metro for some time. A Sacramento Bee investigation last year documented that four of every five five employees at Sac Metro earns more than $100,000 a year.

Teachers are being laid off, libraries closed, and mental health clinics disbanded so that politically powerful fire union members can take home lavish pay and pensions. It's a scandal.

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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