John McNesby and Seth Williams. | Photos by AP
Oh, this is awkward.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 was recently locked in a contentious dispute with District Attorney Seth Williams – over a pair of former Philadelphia police supervisors.
Captains William Murtha and Ted Sideras retired on January 8th. Murtha pocketed $482,691 through the city’s DROP program, while Sideras netted $406,990, according to the city Board of Pensions and Retirement.
Four days later, both men were hired to work as prosecution detective captains for the D.A.’s Office.
Murtha, who joined the police force in 1988, and Sideras, who joined in 1980, had been assigned to the D.A.’s Office when they retired. Both men were hired back at the $107,565 salary they earned in 2015.
Philadelphia, of course, has a long and rich history of elected officials retiring, filling up their bank accounts with DROP cash, and then un-retiring. It’s part of what makes the city so maddening sometimes.
Here’s why the union was upset with the D.A.’s Office for making the hires: Murtha and Sideras were doing work that should have been assigned to active duty Philly cops detailed to the office, according to FOP president John McNesby. Read more »