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Uncovering yet another Cleveland Police double-dipper

Ed Gallek confronts Third District Commander Pat Stephens for questions Ed Gallek confronts Third District Commander Pat Stephens for questions
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We' ve found another Cleveland Police supervisor under fire for double-dipping.

Third District Commander Pat Stephens retired New Years Eve, but he's back on the job in the same position. So he can now collect a pension and a salary.

19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek tracked down Stephens leaving a news conference for other police officials moved to new jobs even though they retired and were rehired long ago. Michael Mcgrath and Martin Flask have double- dipped for years.

In 2012, Cleveland Police Commander Gary Gingell retired, then got rehired.

And the pay is good. For example, standard pay for commanders in the city is $100,000.

The mayor tells 19 Action News, Stephens was in a retirement program and had to go.

But the mayor says he like the commander's work so much, he brought him back.

A sweetheart deal most folks can't get, but not unusual anymore in the police department.

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