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Update: Menlo Park police chief to retire

 

This is an updated version of a story posted earlier.

After 28 years in blue and having worked his way up to the top job in the Menlo Park Police Department, Chief Bruce Goitia has announced in a March 29 statement that he will retire, effective June 1.

Mr. Goitia began his career in 1982 as a part-time records clerk and, in 1986, became a full-time police officer, followed by promotions to traffic officer, traffic sergeant, detective sergeant and, in 2002, commander, according to a department chronology. He was not available for an interview.

Mr. Goitia has a master's degree in public administration from the Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, the department statement said.

His term as chief began in May 2006 after several months of sharing the top job with Commander Terri Molakides while the city manager conducted a candidate search for a new chief. He was chosen from a field of 40 candidates, including 20 from places other than California, according to an earlier Almanac story.

In retirement, Mr. Goitia will be paid at least $125,000 a year -- 75 percent of $166,650, his highest and current salary, said city Personnel Director Glen Kramer.

His retirement pay is calculated by multiplying his total years of service as a sworn officer (about 25 years, Mr. Kramer said) times 3, and using the result (75) as the percentage to determine the annual payout. To be eligible, the officer must be at least 50 years old. Mr. Goitia is 54.

Mr. Goitia can increase his retirement pay by buying credit for up to five additional years, an option available to all sworn officers, Mr. Kramer said. The price for a year of credit varies, he said, and is determined for each individual by CalPERS, the state's pension fund authority.

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Posted by pension
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Just curious but how much will the chief's pension, health plan and other retirement benefits cost us each month?


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Shame on you, Pension, for posing such an inappropriate (and actually stupid) question. Forget the fact that this man has served the community for 28 years, forget the fact that he did so in a profession that put his life/safety at risk, but com'n, just like everyone else, city employees pay into their retirement accounts throughout their careers, those funds generate a return for their retirement-just like the rest of us-and then, when they retire, people like you think its costing you money to support them. I'm still paying in to social security, should I consider those who are collecting it to be costing me money? No! Sorry to vent, Pension, but you really hit a hot button with me. Meanwhile, I don't choose to forget that this story was about a 28 year veteran police officer retiring from service--Chief, thank you for your service, and I wish you a long, healthy and fulfilling retirement.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

It is NOT a stupid question, whorupeople. Stop bullying other users.


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Posted by pension
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

WhoRUpeople
If you would learn how to read I asked re his pension and healthcare plan. City employees do not pay into their defined benefit pension. City employees receive a defined benefit pension paid by our taxes. Whatever the chief pays into his 401 or 403 is his, but city employees as far as I know do not pay into their defined benefit pension - the city contributes an amount equal to 2.5% or more of their salary.


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Posted by Long time resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Why is it that the time the Chief spent working for Menlo Park is called 'service'. He was paid wasn't he? His pay was equal to or in excess of what is paid in the private sector wasn't it? Now he can take a new job while he continues to get paid for his 'service'.

Service is when someone voluteers or is paid very little.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Long time resident, by that definition, no one serves Menlo Park. It is a cash cow for the employees. They milk and milk and milk the cow while we foot the bill.


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Posted by Real Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

People People why can't we say thank you for your time and many contributions to keeping MP safe. If the chief were in private industry, no one would give a _ _ _ _ (HOOT) ! Give the world and
the chief a break, what is he suppose to say, no thank you ! If this happened a couple of years ago, no one would have cared ! The man is entitled, wouldn't you be, if you were in his shoes and had his career ? Hell-0, I am sorry what did you say !!!!!!


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Posted by Citizen MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Good for the chief, but selfishly don't leave, MP won't be the same
without you and your stewardship over law and order !!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Can you please make sure that the new Chief who will be filling your shoes understands the importance and urgency of finding a child's killer. We are all still waiting for MPPD to show up with Shannon Fox, the person who killed little Lisa Xavier, while drag racing in Menlo Park. Perhaps Chief you would want to wait to retire so you can go out with a feather in your cap for having caught the big one, and I don't mean a fish.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm

A police officer with 28 years of service in MP retires and he gets crapped on?

You teabaggers are a joke. You are probably going to say "whatever truth, bla bla bla, I am not a teabagger..."

Yes you are, you just don't know it. You are [portion removed] angry at everyone in government and you provide no solutions, only insults.

I give you Sarah Palin.


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Posted by Gloves Off
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Tea baggers!!
[Portion removed] I am proud to be a tea bagger! Next a child is dead and her killer has not been found yet. She died in October 2009. A girl goes missing in San Diego and her killer is found in 48 hours and her body shortly after. Lisa's accident was caught on tape and had witnesses and still the person who did this is out there. The crime in San DIego had no witnesses and no camera, crime solved. No, there is no hail hail the chief. He's retiring with a little unfinished business under his belt. Perhaps the new chief should come from San DIego. Now you know the TRUTH.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Long time resident;

you don't think working as a Police Officer is "service?" Are you serious? as ex-law enforcement I have to say you make me sick. Are you willing to do a police officer's job? No? I didn't think so. You have no clue what it takes to do the job of a plice officer. Think again when you say they are not doing a "service," especially when you aren't willing to step up and up and do their job. People like you make me sick. You wouldn't do the job of a police officer, but you freely criticize what they do and how they are compensated. Truly disgusting. Next time you want to criticize a police officer, please step up and do the job, then you've earned the right to criticize.


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Posted by cop out of town
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

long time resident u are right on....They criticize and yet have no clue what this job is all about. There are only a few who are able to do this job and put up with the garbage on the street and make it to 28 years. You really do not understand what a police officer gives up to do this service.....yes it is a service to the community.And you want to know his pension??? you make me sick.You are just ignorant People who do you call when you need help. The sad thing is I would still have to show up to your house and help you, and be the professional i was trained to be. Congrats chief enjoy the rest of your life ,you deserve every penny you get!


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Posted by Laughing
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 30, 2010 at 6:35 am

I read these from time to time, and used to chime in much more, until I discovered that it was the same angry group spitting bile at each other. Now I just laugh at the hate of little minds who are tough guys at the key board.

Goitia is a good man, who has had an honorable career. I am sure he is ready to get away from the same Menlo hacks who complain about everything and who border on mental illness. The system isn't perfect, and needs work for sure, but using an event like this as an excuse to bash is shameful. Complain about the system, change it if you like, but how about staying on a topic. Congrats Bruce.


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Posted by fubar
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 30, 2010 at 9:11 am

Just clear up some mis information posted earlier by "pension"

Pension stated >>City employees do not pay into their defined benefit pension <<

That statement is factually not correct. City Employees do in fact pay into their retirement plan. The employee contribution rate for both misc. and Public Safety is 8%. This means the employee pays 8 precent of his or her salary diretcly into the defined benefit pension plan.

cheers


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Posted by fubar
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

I should also mention Mr. Goitia is a good man and a dedicated public servant. I thank him for his service to our community


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Posted by retired
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

A fact many of us seem to forget is that unlike a Univ of Cal pension (which does not have an employee pension contribution - though perhaps lower salaries) MP public safety employees contribute 9% to their pension which they may start at age 50, while misc MP employees contribute 8% to their pension which they may start at age 55. I think UC employees can begin receiving their full pension at age 60.


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Posted by Clarification on pensions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Also, the Menlo Park police retire with a 3% at 50 formula; meaning that if you work for 30 years you can receive 90% of your last and best salary. They also receive a generous health care benefit until Medicare age. And, the City donates much more than the employee rate of 8% towards retirement . And, remember, it is a benefit that is fixed for life with automatic COLA increases.

It has also been shown by the CalPERs actuaries that the myth that so-called "safety" personnel (fire and police) die earlier is just that, a myth. According to CalPERs for all safety employees (fire and police): 1.If the current age of the retiree is 55, the retiree is expected to live to be 81.4 if male, and 85 if female. For non-safety if the retirement age is 55 the retiree is expected to live to be 81.4 if a male, and 85 if a female. 2. If the safety employee works until age 60, he is expected to live to age 82, she until 85.5. Non-safety who work until 60 are expected to live until 82 (male), 85.5 (female). Remember this is from the CalPERs fund actuaries, those who are responsible to "tell it like it is" to the CalPERs Board Members.

Also, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the ten most dangerous jobs in the USA are -- (ranked highest to lowest) fishing related workers, logging workers, pilots and flight-related workers, iron and steel workers,taxi cab drivers, construction workers, farmers and ranchers, roofers, electrical power workers, truck drivers and sales-realted drivers, garbage collectors, and law enforcement.

I am not a "tea-bagger" just a resident who has wants to be informed.
I don't argue that every employee deserves a decent retirement. But, when the level of retirment compensation gets unsustainable, adjustments must be made.


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Posted by truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

That is good information. Thanks for posting.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for the years of service, Chief. Enjoy yourself.


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Posted by Sad Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Chief: Thank you for many years of great service, dedication and
family disruption ! Very few people realize what it is like to have to work different shifts, holidays, weekends, missing your kid's activities, bad weather and really miserable people ! Enjoy your
retirement, you have more than earned it..You will be greatly missed !


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Posted by The Voice
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Apr 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Good luck chief and thanks. As for some of the clowns on here...If you bitch, moan, cry or just hate the police don't call for help. You are the same chumps that have big mouths and egos your bodies cant cash. You dont support the ones that put ther ass on the line. As for catching a killer go ahead and try your hand at it. Its a little more difficult than shopping for new Prada shoes.


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Posted by LT Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 3, 2010 at 6:08 am

the original comment was a simple question. Big or lttle, appropriate amount or not, can't the people paying for the pension know the amount? Is that unreasonable? Should such publicy funded items be kept secret?


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