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32 posted on 03/27/2008 10:12:17 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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Howie did another column today.

Boston’s top twenty having a grand old time
By Howie Carr | Thursday, March 27, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com

Mr. Chips is in the chips.

That’s the first lesson from the Herald’s new, improved Boston city pension list. Michael G. Contompasis - who would have ever thought that an old chemistry teacher at Boston Latin would end up as the Hub’s highest-grossing payroll patriot?

A pension of $139,782.36 is the reward for the former acting superintendent of schools. Which seems like a lot, until you see his name on a year-old City Hall salary list and realize he was pulling in $270,000 a year.

Perhaps that’s why he has a new job at City Hall, making another $65,000 as the director of intergovernmental relations or some such thing.

Who the hell does Contompasis think he is anyway, the Corrupt Midget?

Headmaster Contompasis, you know the old saying. It’s one thing to feed at the trough. This is licking the plate.

One thing, though, that we know for sure: Mumbles did not do this as a favor for an old high school teacher. Say what you will about Mumbles Menino, no one will ever accuse him of being a graduate of Boston Latin.

Whatever, it’s good to finally have the complete list of pensions. I’m sure it was just a mere “glitch” that denied the Herald access to the six-figure pension kisses of the city’s Top 20 Golden Oldies.

I became suspicious of the list Monday night when I looked for Charlie Cellucci, who perennially appeared at the top of the city’s roster of detail-devouring cops, even though he is no relation to the former governor. Then he, like so many of the others on the list, died and went to heaven - Charlie is now director of security for the Boston Red Sox [team stats].

Imagine my surprise when I pulled up his name and the number came back $3,432.08. It didn’t seem right, but with all the other hack surnames, it was like being in a giant buffet line that’s just run out of, say, spinach quiche. You notice tenderloin, and oysters on the half shell, and jumbo shrimp, not to mention an omelette station and an open bar, and you pretty soon you’ve forgotten all about the lack of spinach quiche.

I forgot all about Charlie Cellucci.

Coming in at No. 3 is a former police commissioner, Paul F. Evans, at $118,302.36. I have a DVD of Evans from 1990 - he spoke glowingly at Joe Tecce’s, at the retirement dinner of Zip Connolly, the mobster who infiltrated the FBI for a serial killer named Whitey Bulger. Zip is now awaiting trial in Miami on murder charges. Evans will soon be cashing another kiss in the mail and no doubt fondly remembering his dear chum, Zip.

A tip to all you wannabe pension hogs out there: Become night superintendent of the Boston Police Department. I count three of them in the top 10, and just for the record, in case the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is monitoring the situation, two of them are black.

They would be Bobbie J. Johnson at $133,982.16 and Charles M. Horsley at $109,105.92. The third is Joe Driscoll, at $103,683.96, and say, isn’t there an Elaine Driscoll who is a spokesflack for the BPD? Do you suppose they’re related?

The lesson is, that night differential can really add up fast, although when one gets into “public service,” who’s counting?

Right, Headmaster Contompasis?

Coming in at No. 13, with $103,142.52, is one Ed McNelley, who I believe used to be the head of the detectives’ union. He is also a lawyer and shares an office with former City Councilor Diane Modica.

One notch below him is William J. Parlon, at $101,573.40, whose brother Jack is still on the job and is, by an amazing coincidence, a top guy in the detectives’ union.

It’s all a big family, a very big and a very happy family, at least as long as the taxpayers never wake up.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1083158


33 posted on 03/27/2008 12:05:23 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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