Ousted Calif. Police Chief Randy Adams, Who Made $457,000 A Year, Sues For Severance

Bell police chief sues severance

He may have taken an oath to serve and protect the public, but a former police chief in California, ousted two years ago amid a pay scandal, now appears more interested in padding his wallet on the backs of taxpayers.

Randy Adams (pictured above), who served as police chief in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell, is suing the small, working-class city for severance pay, saying that he was pushed out of his $457,000-a-year position and never agreed to surrender his severance, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The newspaper notes that Adams' annual pay was one of the highest law-enforcement salaries in the nation, and previously reported that city records showed that with benefits, Adams' total annual compensation was $770,046.

Adams, who was hired in 2008, currently draws a monthly pension of $22,000 -- equal to $264,000 a year -- one of the highest among former public employees in the state.

In a lawsuit filed last week, the former police chief claims that he was pushed from his job, and didn't willingly agree to resign or surrender his severance. The lawsuit is the second that Adams has brought against Bell. The first asks the city to pay his legal bills.

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"The filing of this suit looks to be the height of hypocrisy to me," Fox News quotes City Manager Doug Willmore as saying in a statement. "Randy Adams was a police chief who was making more money per year than the president of the United States. In my opinion, his compensation was outrageous."

Willmore was hired in May. He succeeded Robert Rizzo, one of seven Bell officials who have been charged with fraud and misappropriation of funds, following local and state investigations. A trial is set for January. Adams isn't among defendants.

Adams, Rizzo and Angela Spaccia, the former assistant chief administrative officer, resigned in July 2010, after an investigation by the Times revealed that they earned extraordinary salaries. Rizzo took home nearly $790,000 a year, while Spaccia was paid more than $376,000.

KCBS-TV reports that Willmore plans to fight Adams' latest suit, saying the claim "will be answered with a counterclaim that will far exceed anything that he is asking for."

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This is an outrage, a scandal, no public employee should base their retirement on one or two years of a higher paid salary, I would purpose a system change, where there has to be a minimum number of years of sound work and evaluations of 5 plus years, before a person could get a higher pension.

I also do not believe that a pension should ever be based on your highest years pay that was made from tons of overtime, but should be based on the persons base pay.

This not the only state or city facing public employees milking the system while the tax payers are getting screwed.

I hope some nationwide action comes of this, because these types of sweet deals are bankrupting of public systems !

November 27 2012 at 5:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That 'city' should be abolished, and the administrators be held wholly accountable for every fiscal misstep. A person who has been 'pushed out' of a job may not have a claim to severance, ie: someone who was fired. Sounds like this guy has an enlarged sense of entitlement. Pathetic.

August 13 2012 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The city council or someone with the city had to approve this salary. That is who they should be investigating. No one in their right mind would approve this type salary for a Police Chief. Maybe it was one of those brother in law deals.

August 13 2012 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no cop makes that much money unless he is corrupt.

August 12 2012 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Makes me embarrased to be a cop...

August 12 2012 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No damn wonder the state is bankrupt!! how many POPO chiefs are in that state!!

August 11 2012 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does Randy Admas have any lawsuits pending with any previous employers? Adams must be running out of money or trying to appear to save face in his circle of friends.

August 10 2012 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just goes to show not all crooks rob at gunpoint. Greedy person Adams, wonder what he tells his children about honesty and integrity........and if he can say it with a straight face. Sickening. 22K pension for few yrs work....pure theft.

August 09 2012 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William H. Wells

This is happening all over, along with cops involved in illegal activity. They think the badge gives them the right to do as they please.

August 09 2012 at 8:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

liberal demorat, do as i say not as i do, whatch what u vote for

August 09 2012 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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