Some Apopka employees getting pensions on top of salaries

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APOPKA, Fla. - Channel 9 discovered nine Apopka employees signed contracts with the city's former mayor and are now receiving pensions on top of their salaries.

Former Mayor John Land signed contracts allowing for several weeks of severance pay for the employees. Reporter Lori Brown found out the city's administrator, Richard Anderson, was granted 40 weeks of the pay.

"Double dipping at taxpayer expense is ridiculous," said concerned resident Barbara Zakszewski.

Records show an Apopka police captain is earning $165,000 a year and Anderson is taking home $261,000 each year.

"They're the servants, we're the citizens. They work for us, there's something not right there," said Zakszewski.

Anderson started working for the city right out of high school as a volunteer firefighter. He managed to work way to up to the top without a college degree.

"With his pension the city administrator is earning $260,000 a year. Is that a good deal for taxpayers?" Brown asked.

"I think it is. That's a unique situation. He's been with the city over 40 years. He's very talented and understands the workings of the city," said City Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith.

Eyewitness News showed Apopka's pension numbers to Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie.

"I think it leaves a bad taste in people's mouth," said Haynie. "In some limited circumstances you might want to bring people back. It appears as though it's become a habit in this city and one they might want to look at breaking."

The pension plans were approved by Land. Current Mayor Joe Kilsheimer did not want to comment about the pensions.