Former Fire Chief Dennis Rubin says the District stiffed him on retirement benefits, and he’s suing the city.
Rubin’s contract says the District would contribute 14 percent of the chief’s $165,000-a-year salary to his retirement pension each year he was employed. Based on LL’s math, that comes out to more than $80,000 for the three-plus years he was chief. Rubin is suing for $150,000.
Rubin says in court records that the District “failed to contribute” the 14 percent and didn’t answer his requests for payment in “a substantive and productive manner.” Reached by phone, he declined to offer any additional comments.
The District’s made a motion to dismiss, indicating there’s at least a chance of this case going to trial. If it does, Councilmember Phil Mendelson likely won’t be serving on the jury.
Mendelson frequently butted heads with Rubin over the department’s chronic budget-busting overtime problems. Mendo says he’s miffed that Rubin has the nerve to ask for more money after he “refused to work with the council to control spending” and “refused to respect the budget.”