San Diego chief nominee must retire in 4 years

SAN DIEGO - San Diego's new police chief nominee will have to retire in four years under a city pension plan she previously signed up for.
 
 U-T San Diego reported Thursday that 54-year-old Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman, whose appointment was announced earlier in the week by Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer, enrolled last year in San Diego's Deferred Retirement Option Plan.  
 
The program, no longer available to new hires because of a big pension deficit, allows employees to officially retire but continue working for up to five years while receiving a salary and a pension, which can't be touched until they leave the city payroll. Zimmerman's five-year period ends March 1, 2018.
 
Current Chief Bill Lansdowne, who retired Monday, served 11 years.
 
With City-Council approval, Zimmerman would be San Diego's first female chief.

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