Police Chief Has Hip Replaced, Insists He Won’t Retire on Disability

Police Chief Chris Moore is on the mend after having hip replacement surgery this week. Moore, who announced last month that he will retire at the end of January 2013, said in a telephone interview Friday that he expects to be back on the job by Oct. 22 and has no plans to file for disability when he does retire.

“I really got serious about having the procedure six to eight months ago,” he said. “I was holding off on it.”

David Vossbrink, communication’s director for the city manager’s office, said Moore informed the office of his surgery in advance at least a couple months prior. However, the City Council was not informed of Moore’s expected absence from the job.

The San Jose Police Department has one fo the highest rates in the country of officers filing for disability upon retirement. If approved by the Police and Fire Retirement Board, half of an officer’s pension payment from the city is not taxable by state and federal government.

But Moore insisted Friday that won’t be the case when he leaves his post next year.

“I will not be going out on a disability retirement,” he said.

Josh Koehn is a former managing editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley.

3 Comments

  1. “The San Jose Police Department has one fo the highest rates in the country of officers filing for disability upon retirement.”

    This is a funciton of San Jose Police Department being one of the most UNDERSTAFFED police departments in the Country. The officers are finally getting smart and protecting themselves by waiting for that second or even 3rd or 4th unit before heading into harms way.

    That is one of the reasons why response times have increased dramatically. But don’t worry, look for the City to revise their “response time” Targets upward just like they continue to revise their “minimum staffing” for patrol downward as officers continue to leave SJPD.