David Jaye Gets DROP on City Retirement Padding Programs – Michigan Capitol Confidential

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Former state senator takes a triple sleazy lick

Many Michigan municipalities offer employees a lucrative incentive to stay on for a few extra years as they approach retirement.

This is a program called a Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP. Plans are most often used by police departments, as they attempt to keep experienced officers on the force in exchange for the chance to earn several hundred thousand dollars.

But the program is not limited to police departments. Macomb County offers it to all employees. For example, Kevin Lokar, the county’s chief medical officer, will receive an estimated additional $488,557 if he remains in his position from 2019 through Jan. 25, 2024.

The county has 258 employees enrolled in a DROP program, according to its response to a FOIA request.

John Schapka, an attorney representing Macomb County, said the county’s DROP program is open to any employee, in any department, who was vested in the county as of Dec. 31, 2012.

Exposing the lucrative inducement of DROP is the work of former Republican state representative and senator David Jaye. Jaye, who represented a district in Macomb County, was known as a budget hawk during his tenure. He was expelled from the Senate in 2001 after three drunk driving convictions and an assault allegation.

Jaye has spent the past few years tracking government spending in Michigan and Florida, where he has residencies. It submits access to information requests, pays fees and publishes on a website called TripleDippers.org. He says he works because he has lived in Washington Township for 30 years and feels he pays too much property tax.

He attempted to obtain information about Michigan State Police employees who are enrolled in a DROP. But, according to Jaye, the department told him it would cost $200 to get this information. He also tries to get information from the town of Monroe.

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