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Bell and Vernon cases put focus on pensions of non-elected officials

May 31, 2011 11:06:10 PM- latimes.com
Under the law, elected officials who are convicted of felonies also lose their pensions. That isn't so with other public employees.

When former Vernon City Administrator Bruce Malkenhorst was convicted of misappropriating public funds last week, the gap between two sets of numbers immediately jumped out: The $100,000 in fines and restitution that Malkenhorst was ordered to pay for his crime. And the $500,000 a year state pension that he got after retiring five years ago.

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