Among the oddities: A search for maximizing pensions was not confined to Mike Nifong. Reports the Herald-Sun's Ray Gronberg,
[City Manager Patrick] Baker said he, [Steve] Chalmers and the city's Human Resources Department are still trying to decide what the outgoing chief will do once Lopez arrives.Only in Durham could the perpetually absent police chief receive a four month parachute. No one appears to find it odd that a police chief who has absented himself for months at a time since the lacrosse case began will now effectively be paid to do nothing for four months.
Chalmers is retiring at the end of the year and naturally enough is concerned about the implications the timing of his departure will have on his pension, Baker said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Ron Hodge, the man who Lopez beat out for the job, plans to remain in his position--where he can use the department's #2 slot to forward his belief that the DPD has made no serious errors in the last five years.
Only in Durham.