Miss. patrol leader double dips with pension, pay

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The retired trooper who’s now heading the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol continues to draw his pension while collecting a state paycheck.

The Clarion-Ledger requested public records that show Albert Santa Cruz is being paid $95,000 as patrol director, a job he has held since July 1.

He is drawing about $42,000 annually as pension from his 31-year career as a trooper.

State law allows such double-dipping, and it’s not unusual for retired state employees to return to the public payroll in some capacity.

Santa Cruz is now 70. Records show he retired in March 2005, then returned about three months later.

He had been a member of the governor’s security detail since 2005, a job that paid about $46,655.

The Associated Press

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