During his 36 years with the county, Blaske worked in parks and building maintenance. ...He said he agonized over the retirement decision because he loved his job, which paid about $50,000 a year in base pay. Overtime bumped his total pay to nearly $65,000 in 2009.
...Blaske, 56, left the county with a $340,119 backdrop lump sum, plus $2,715 in monthly pension payments. Without the backdrop, his monthly checks would have been almost $4,500.
The guy can't be blamed for taking the deal that Ament gave him.
But 104% of base after 36 years? AND, by the way, there's a health-insurance plan in there, too--unmentioned by the "newspaper."