Report: Chicago Ridge Officials Question Ex-Police Chief’s Disability Pay
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CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. (CBS) — Officials in Chicago Ridge want to revisit a deal they made with their former police chief over his disability pay.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, Timothy Baldermann walked away with disability pay of over $129,000 – almost $20,000 more than he made as police chief, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.
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Baldermann hurt his back lifting a body into a van four years ago, the Sun-Times reported.
Baldermann is now 46. When he turns 60, his pay will jump to over $191,000, the Sun-Times reported.
The Sun-Times says Baldermann may be claiming the highest police disability pay in the state, from cash-strapped public pension systems.
Chicago Ridge village officials approved the deal, but now they want to take another look, the Sun-Times reports. But Baldermann says no way, and is suing the pension Chicago Ridge polcie board to prevent his benefits from being blocked, the newspaper reported.
Baldermann is now a superintendent of the 110-student Union School District 81 in Joliet, for $127,000 a year, the Sun-Times reported. He also serves as mayor of New Lenox – a part-time position that pays $18,000.
Baldermann says his disability was clearly work-related, and there is nothing sneaky about it, the Sun-Times reported.