July 21, 2010

Disability pension granted to Montgomery police sergeant accused of theft

A Montgomery County police sergeant facing allegations that she stole more than $10,000 was granted a disability retirement pension this month, adding to questions about a program designed to compensate officers who suffer disabling injuries on the job. Jacqueline Davey, a 17-year department veteran, was a patrol supervisor when she was suspended in December because of a theft investigation, county officials said. A medical panel later ruled she could no longer perform all of the duties of an officer, officials said.

"These are the kind of cases that could potentially undermine the credibility of the whole system," said County Executive Isiah Leggett (D). "Obviously the panel made the decision. They awarded it."

Davey, 39, had not reached the normal retirement age. The disability package will pay her about 67 percent of her salary, tax free, county officials said. She faces trial in September on charges that she billed the county for hours she did not work. She could not be reached for comment. Her attorney, Paul Stein, did not return phone calls seeking comment. Montgomery officials, citing confidentiality laws, would not say what Davey's injuries are.

Davey's retirement pension comes nearly two years after Leggett announced he was seeking to reform the program, which for years has awarded disability benefits at a higher rate than neighboring counties. SOURCE: Washington Post

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