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Mountain View's fire chief stepping down

Original post made on Apr 10, 2015

Mountain View's top fire official, who ushered in greater cooperation among the hodgepodge of South Bay emergency agencies, announced last week he would retire after five years on the job. Fire Chief Brad Wardle informed the city's administration last week that he needed to end his 29-year firefighting career in order to move to Utah and take care of his infirm mother.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10:37 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Retire at 51 with full pay and benefits of life. Move to Utah and live like a king. All at the expense of CA taxpayers. Gotta love it. Please tell me he's not filing for disability as well so he can get all the money tax-free. That's a common trick among police and fire employees.

Regular pay: $215,028.97
Overtime pay: $0.00
Other pay: $8,099.08
Total pay: $223,128.05
Total benefits: $90,076.33
Total pay & benefits: $313,204.38

Posted by Observer not very keen
a resident of North Bayshore
on Apr 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm

You obviously didn't read the story. He's been flying every week to Utah to take care of his mother. It must be really bad if he's seeing that doing that is no longer enough. Read before you judge.

Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Observer: I think he's earned every penny. And his devotion to his mom is something you can only hope to match. And probably won't. So please STHU.

Posted by Informed Observer
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm


Since you clearly know all about the retirement system, why don't you check the facts about retiring from PERS after 5 years and find out what this "full retirement" actually will be worth? You'll be surprised that 5 years is not the full ride you may think.

Posted by agree with Observer
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

While I thank the Chief for his service and wish him well in his retirement, I agree that Observer has a legitimate concern. It is a fact that many if not most MV police and fire personnel retire at around age 50 with very generous pension packages. Perhaps the Voice, which is presumably not beholden to the police or fire unions, could do a story about this (city government pensions in general, not any one employee in particular) so that the tax-payers can have a better understanding of this use of city funds.

Posted by Disagree COMPLETLY
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm

How can you say that a person who has been risking his life to save people for 29 years is trying to abuse the system. You have no idea the challanges a Chief faces. My father was a Chief, took an early retirement for many reasons. Do presidents get criticised for retiring after 4 years? I think what he is doing for his mother is comendible and deserves respect from people not criticism.

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