- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The Campbell County undersheriff, who is running unopposed for sheriff, has retired so he can collect his retirement pay as well as his sheriff’s salary.

Undersheriff Scott Matheny retired on Oct. 2 after nearly 30 years with the department, the Gillette News Record (https://bit.ly/1wCgInU) reported.

As sheriff, he would earn less money and have fewer vacation days than he did as undersheriff, so he decided to take his retirement pay as well, along with a three-month break from work.

Polly Scott, manager of the Wyoming Retirement System Communications and Deferred Compensation Plan, said employees who retire and are then rehired by the same employer can receive their retirement checks as well as their salary.

It’s not uncommon, Matheny said, noting that other deputies and officers have retired from law enforcement agencies and were hired back while in retirement.

Matheny said he’s enjoying his time off, but said his wife has a list of things for him to do and he’s checking in with the office every day.

“It keeps me in the loop,” he said.

The sheriff’s job pays about $100,000 annually.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com


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