Re­tir­ing statie head may col­lect $188G pen­sion

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By MATT STOUT and LAU­REL J. SWEET

Re­tir­ing state po­lice Col. Richard McKeon could col­lect a $188,000-ayear pen­sion af­ter he calls it quits Fri­day, all while fac­ing scathing crit­i­cism for or­der­ing state troop­ers to delete em­bar­rass­ing de­tails from the ar­rest re­port of a judge’s daugh­ter.

McKeon, 62, had not filed pa­per­work as of yes­ter­day with the state Re­tire­ment Board. But state po­lice of­fi­cers with more than 25 years of ser­vice are en­ti­tled to up to 75 per­cent of their fi­nal year’s pay. McKeon, with the state po­lice since 1982, now makes $251,000 a year.

Two state troop­ers have filed fed­eral law­suits nam­ing McKeon and oth­ers af­ter be­ing or­dered to scrub em­bar­rass­ing re­marks from the drug and OUI ar­rest re­port of Alli Bibaud, 30, the daugh­ter of Dud­ley Dis­trict Court Judge Ti­mothy Bibaud. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Maura Healey has said she’s re­view­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

McKeon’s quick exit amid a re­view, with the po­ten­tial of a full pen­sion, has irked the rank-and-file, State Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion of Mas­sachusetts pres­i­dent Dana Pull­man said. “If (a trooper) wanted to leave out the back door, you’d have to pay for it. You’d be giv­ing back time and you’d get a gen­eral dis­charge. Our mem­bers are irate about this. That would never be af­forded one of our guys.”

State re­tirees can be stripped of pen­sions only if con­victed of crimes di­rectly linked to their job. But it’s un­clear what di­rec­tion Healey’s re­view could take.

“That’s up to the at­tor­ney gen­eral for the most part,” said Greg Sul­li­van, a for­mer state in­spec­tor gen­eral now at the Pioneer In­sti­tute. “But this story struck a nerve with a lot of peo­ple be­cause the av­er­age per­son is not go­ing to get that break.”

McKeon’s spokesman de­clined to com­ment on the pen­sion is­sue.

When ar­rested last month, Alli Bibaud was free on per­sonal re­cog­ni­zance await­ing a Dec. 21 ar­raign­ment on charges of heroin pos­ses­sion and fail­ure to wear a seat belt from a May traf­fic stop in Shrews­bury. The po­lice re­port in­di­cates the of­fi­cer saw her try­ing to con­ceal a hy­po­der­mic nee­dle, then found a stash of drugs. The court file does not in­clude any em­bar­rass­ing re­marks or any sign that re­marks were redacted. But the ar­rest re­port lists her fa­ther’s name sim­ply as “Tim.” Her lawyers did not re­spond to mul­ti­ple re­quests for com­ment.

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