What is La. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson walking away with?
BATON ROUGE – As Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson is stepping down from his position after years of service, the full scope of his state funded retirement package remains foggy.
Edmonson spent nine years as superintendent and will retire with more than 36 years as a trooper.
For the first 25 years of his service, he was enrolled in a different, older trooper retirement system. Reportedly, Edmonson will make at least $79,000 a year in retirement based on that system alone. But he is expected to collect more because nine years ago Edmonson entered the current retirement system when he rose to the rank of colonel as the head of state police. He retirees making a reported annual salary of over $177,000 but with far less years enrolled in the second system.
It is not clear how much he will collect. The total will be an average of the two systems based on his years of service in each. Any unused sick and vacation time will be added to his years of service as well.
The state will not release how much unused time Edmonson has. It can accrue over the years without limit.
With Edmonson's retirement scheduled a week from Friday, he could still receive paychecks for an additional 20 day period. It's known "terminal leave" and is granted to qualifying retirees with unused vacation.
Other perks include a state-owned house where Edmonson lives and the state-owned vehicle he drives. The state said they do not know when he will give those items up.
That State Police retirement system said that Edmonson's full benefit package could be released in the coming days at the soonest.