Watch group sues Phoenix chief for double dipping

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Associated Press

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A public interest group is suing Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris and the city's pension board, saying taxpayers are outraged that Harris is collecting pension benefits and a yearly salary, a practice known as double dipping.

Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch says it filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Harris retired in January 2007 and began collecting his pension before quickly transitioning from police chief to public-safety manager, performing largely the same job in the nearly three years since and getting a salary for it.

Judicial Watch says that's against Arizona law, but Harris has said his transition was verified by the state retirement board.

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