Ogden officer files grievance over double-dipping

OGDEN, Utah (AP) – An Ogden police sergeant’s allegation that double-dipping cost him a promotion in 2007 is again taking his complaint to the city’s Civil Service Commission. The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that Sgt. Blaine Clifford’s grievance is set to be heard May 11. Clifford maintains that he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant even though he ranked first in testing. He says the job went instead to a returning retiree, Lt. Mike Ashment. Clifford alleges that qualified sergeants have been denied promotion at least four times while retired lieutenants returned to active duty. State law allows police officers who retire to draw both retirement benefits and salary if they’re rehired. Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner denies departmental wrongdoing. A Utah Retirement Systems investigation ended in February with no punitive action.

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