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3 Former Twp., School Administrators Receiving $100K Yearly Pensions

Former Principals and town employees from Morris Twp., Morris School District on Watchdog list of '$100K Club.'

Two former Morris school administrators and a Morris Township administrator are currently collecting pensions of more than $100,000 annually, according to a New Jersey Watchdog report released this week.

While the report focused on the “$100K Club” and its 75-percent increase in members over the past three years, the report broke down each New Jersey municipality’s former employees and the pensions they are collecting.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, there were 1,731 retired public employees collecting more than $100,000 annually the report said. That number increased by 739 from 2010. There are more than 275,000 retired public workers in the state, the report said.

Among them locally and topping the list was Linday Murphy, the former Morristown High School principal who retired in 2013. Murphy was reassigned from her post as principal in 2012 to a position in human resources and community engagement under a one-year contract with the district. She is currently receiving $109,794 annually. 

Former Morris Township administrator Ferdinand (Fred) Rossi is also on the list, receiving an annual payment of $103,070. Rossi retired from the township in January 2011.

After retiring in June 2010, Anita Barber, the former Alfred Vail School principal, has been receiving an annual pension payout of $101,442, the report said.

The list showed no law enforcement officials receiving more than $100,000 pensions. 

Topping the list in New Jersey are former Jersey City schools superintendent Charles Epps and Essex County College President A.Z. Yamba. Both are receiving annual pensions of $195,000, the report said. As a municipality, Paterson led the state with 34 retirees hauling in six-figure annual pensions. 

J B February 26, 2014 at 06:57 AM
Good for them! They deserve every penny.
Andy a February 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM
No one deserves a pension that large. How can you justify a 6 figure pension paid for by tax payers, many of whom work long hours and get paid less? It may have been the norm when they started but it's shameful and unsustainable. They should thank all the taxpayers for their luxurious retirement.
J B February 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM
From my understanding, the contracts were negotiated a long time ago, with the thought that the pension would help offset the lower than deserved base salary. When my Father taught in the 80's, I never saw him, because he had to work three jobs to make enough to support his family. Now that the payments are due, suddenly teachers don't deserve a pension "that large". I can justify a pension "that large" by, first how difficult a teachers job is, second how important a teachers job is, I could go on, but last these were negotiated contracts that should be looked at as not enough for the jobs they did. And to say taxpayers work long hours and get paid less, coming from a teacher household, you have no idea how much a teacher truly works.
Andy a February 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM
I do, my mother was a teacher in an inner city school and after 30yrs she retired and her pension is 40% of her average last 3 yrs pay. That is considered a good pension in the rest of the country. Unfortunately these contracts were negotiated by politicians that have long since left office and we are stuck with their legacy. Do teachers work hard? Yes, but so do teachers in the rest of the country. Try to defend these pensions to the retired public workers in Detroit. I am sure they would be happy with a fraction of that money. This is money that we can't pay current teachers, they should thank those leaving for their reduced benefits and lower pay.
max tax February 26, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Disgraceful that Linda Murphy - forced out from her job as principal of the high school under a veil of secrecy, than given a made-up job at the tax payer's expense for 1 year when the spineless board of ed caved-in to her high-priced attorney - should get one dollar of a NJ taxpayer's money. I don't begrudge a teacher's pension; just one who was a poor performer and a failure. Does anyone really believe that the reason she was transferred from the high school was that she was doing such a fabulous job?

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