Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s got the biggest California state pension of them all? In San Diego County, apparently it’s El Cajon’s William Garrett, at $254,745.72 a year, or $21,228.81 a month, according to numbers released by the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, a nonprofit group founded earlier this year to push for public pension reform. Ex-GOP San Diego City Council candidate April Boling is on the board and Libertarian Richard Rider is an advisor.

Garrett, currently president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District governing board, retired as El Cajon city manager in September 2004 after eight years in the job. At that time, he was the highest-paid public employee in the county, with a salary of $233,586, according to a survey by the San Diego Business Journal. When Garrett arrived in El Cajon in February 1996, after working as city manager for seven years in Corona, he was paid just $117,500, according to a newspaper report at the time. Now 65, Garrett began his career in Corona in 1975. Reached by phone this week, he said he “fully understands the concerns being expressed” by public pension critics, but noted that the amount of his pension was “based on the rules that were in effect when I retired.”

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mrbios Dec. 16, 2009 @ 7:51 p.m.

Nice, short and to the point. 1/4 million a year? Wow!

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auntsandiegospeaks Dec. 27, 2009 @ 4:56 p.m.

It seems most of us picked the wrong professions, should have gone into Public Service. $21,228.81 is a good Yearly salary for lots of people. After only 8 years that is a preposterous amount of benefit. If you work for 20 years and if your company has a decent pension plan, you might get 50% of your salary. And it probably would not come close to Mr. Garrett's. He says he is entitled and I am sure he is, but WHY? HOW? These pension issues should have been stopped before they got started.

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JF Dec. 30, 2009 @ 7:50 p.m.

Aunt, Mr. Garrett began his public service in 1975, according to the article. I suspect that his retirement is based on continuous service to public agencies which all have PERS-based retirements. In other words, his retirement is based on 29 years service, not 8.

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 4, 2010 @ 9:33 p.m.

Aunt, Mr. Garrett began his public service in 1975, according to the article. I suspect that his retirement is based on continuous service to public agencies which all have PERS-based retirements. In other words, his retirement is based on 29 years service, not 8. ================= Yeah, and Garrett if averaged $75K for every year he worked that would be $2,175,000 in GROSS pay, and if he put 6.25% of that (what he would pay social security) into his penion that would be $136K TOTAL he put towards his retirement-which he gets back in 6 months, and if he lives to age 81-the average for a Calpers male- he will have pulled down over $4 million in pension benefits.

great job pointing out the fact sthere JF-another reason the gov is bankrupt.

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