What has not been revealed is that he's doing this for half time work.
Atherton is also continuing to pay former Police Chief Mike Guerra his full salary for a year to stay home and do nothing.
Twice the cost, for half the benefit. Not exactly a great fiscal move with a $850,000 structural deficit and laying off most of town employees.
It was a mistake to have promoted an internal candidate like Guerra to be chief in December 2009, particularly one who had just two years to go to collect his 90% pension. After all, the outgoing chief at the time, Glenn Nielsen, made sure to clock out the day his 90% came due.
Then mayor Jerry Carlson refused to override Jerry Gruber's decision to promote Guerra at that time. In retrospect, we can understand why. Kathy McKeithen was shortly about to become mayor later that December, and surely would have countermanded Gruber's decision to promote Guerra with a hasty fiat decision, requiring a public process.
Nice going Jerry. Twice the cost for half the benefit.