Retired, but still on the payroll

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Officials in at least three Arkansas counties say they are collecting salaries for their jobs and pensions, too, after declaring themselves "retired" and then putting themselves back on the payroll months later.

The state Legislative Audit Division is compiling a list of officials in such situations at the request of state Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, who began looking into the matter after hearing a complaint about the practice in Garland County.

The Garland County assessor, circuit clerk and treasurer all said they took themselves off the payroll for three months after retiring late in 2008, and resumed collecting paychecks in 2009 - and pension checks, too. Similar situations were reported by officials in Jefferson County, dating back to 2004, and in Desha County, dating from a "retirement" in 2006.

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