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Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung to become San Mateo County's new undersheriff

Original post made on Dec 20, 2022

San Mateo County Sheriff-elect Christina Corpus announced Dec. 20 that Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung will join the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as undersheriff.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 20, 2022, 5:02 PM

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Posted by Another MV Resident
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 20, 2022 at 7:09 pm

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Hmm, perhaps a lesson in not believing things just because they were said by a cop.

Posted by CC
a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 20, 2022 at 7:28 pm

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@Another MV Resident. Cute. You have obviously never met him. MV is widely considered a model for other PD's across the country. In fact they are often sent to other cities to train their police leadership on how to run a PD in a way that respects the community. Do some homework before you make critical remarks. It makes perfect sense that Chris would be promoted to a broader role in the county. Do you have suggestions for who would have been a better candidate for the role? Hmm, perhaps not.

Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

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Classic double dipping at its finest.

I don’t discount Chris’ 28 years of service for Mountain View, but this move to a non-Calpers agency stinks of selfish motives.

Posted by smorr
a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 20, 2022 at 8:29 pm

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Greg David, why is moving to a more challenging position to help more broadly in a different community selfish?

Posted by Derek
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2022 at 7:14 am

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Hey David, what does that even mean? Most people work two jobs and draw two salaries. If you are being paid by a different city, county, and tax dollars Is that double dipping? I think it’s called a new job! If the chief were to return to MV, while still collecting his pension, that may be considered “double dipping.” Law Enforcement officers have a lot of rules of employment set by the city, state, and retirement system. LE can also retire at a young age. Once you reach the age of 50 (classic employees) you can retire. You can’t work full time after retirement in the same city in LE. This is not a classic case of “double dipping” it’s an ignorant statement made by a person that don’t understand LE careers or just regurgitating a phrase he overheard in the media.

Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 21, 2022 at 3:00 pm

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How does a fat pension + full time salary = two jobs?

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 21, 2022 at 4:25 pm

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Just wanted to chime in a bit on the topic of double-dipping.

For the record, "double-dipping" does not involve working two jobs at the same time, and thus earning two salaries. No, it means conducting one's career in a way as to earn TWO different sets of retirement benefits. And that appears to be what is happening here.

From 12/19: "Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung will retire in February, after 28 years with the Mountain View Police Department, the city announced in a statement Monday." Web Link

From 12/20: In the news story above we learn that two days after "retiring", Hsiung is now going to be taking on new Law Enforcement responsibilities in San Mateo. Presumably he is being paid a salary and offered a second set of retirement benefits as part of his benefits package. If so, his situation would in fact qualify as "double-dipping".

It is interesting that the law allows double-dipping to occur in some occupations, but not others. If I am not mistaken, those who go into teaching after working a first career that involved paying into Social Security face a tough choice. Teachers don't pay into Social Security, they pay into a different retirement benefits system. However, when retirement rolls around, they are not allowed to take benefits from both Social Security (which they paid/earned during their first career) and also benefits from the teachers' retirement system (which they paid/earned during their second career). The law prevents double-dipping when it comes to teachers.

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