Marion County Sheriff’s Office Under Fire for Payroll

Image Credit: Georgia Guercio

Image Credit: Georgia Guercio

Marion County Cop Watch contributed this article to The Fifth Column. Their investigative efforts in the past have led to the investigations of serious police misconduct

Ocala, FL (TFC) – Marion County Sheriff’s Office has done it again. Sheriff Chris Blair is restructuring the six bureaus that currently exist within the agency by forming the Bureau of Homeland Security and Professional Compliance, which will include Emergency Management.

The person that will be overseeing this new Bureau of Homeland Security and Professional Compliance is going to be Terry Bovaird. He was recently rehired with a starting salary of $102,568.86. After he retired a little over 6 months ago

Bovaird is participating in what’s known as DROP, short for the Deferred Retirement Option Program.

Image Credit: Marion County Cop Watch

Image Credit: Marion County Cop Watch

According to the Florida Department of Management Services, Bovaird received a DROP payout of $339,175.79 when he retired in June. He also started drawing a monthly retirement payment of $6,561.15.

Under DROP rules, Bovaird couldn’t work for the sheriff or any state employer for six months. If he did, he would have voided his retirement benefits.

Once the six months passed, he could be rehired. His monthly retirement payment will be suspended until June 2015.

This double dipping tactic is nothing new to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The truth is most of their top officers have retired from Marion County Sheriff’s Office only to later be rehired.

Let’s start with Sheriff Chris Blair. He received a DROP payout of $448,435.21. Next on the list is Deputy Chief Fred LaTorre who received a DROP payout of $341,725.68. Then you have Major Tommy Bibb. He received a DROP payout of $338,763.77. Last but not least, Major Don Maines, who received a DROP payout of 253,979.07. This is on top of their $100,000.00 plus salaries.