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Outgoing Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes Will Get $130K in Pensions

Outgoing Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes Will Get $130K in Pensions

“It really raises the question, on top of everything else, why she’s being excessively compensated for doing a poor job. That’s the added insult to injury.”

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation a few weeks ago after she faced criticism over how the county handled the vote counting on November 6. This latest election is not the only controversy she had during her tenure.

It looks like she won’t suffer much without her job because reports have come out that Snipes will receive over $130,000 in pensions. From Fox News:

Snipes, 75, already receives a pension of more than $58,000 from her time as an educator and is poised to collect another $71,000 for 15 years as an elected official, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch,” Snipes wrote in her resignation letter to Republican Gov. Rick Scott. “Therefore, I request that you accept my letter of resignation effective January 4, 2019.”

Her resignation came amid heavy criticism for her office’s handling of the recount of a Senate race between incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Scott, who was declared the winner. (Scott was not allowed to seek re-election as governor because of the state’s term-limit laws.)

Broward County failed to turn in the recount results by the state’s deadline, lost thousands of ballots and opened 205 provisional early-voting ballots before their validity was determined.

“It really raises the question, on top of everything else, why she’s being excessively compensated for doing a poor job. That’s the added insult to injury,” said Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan government watchdog group based in Tallahassee.

Snipes earned $179,000 a year as supervisor of elections in Broward County.

Calabro also mentioned that “Snipes will also benefit from annual cost-of-living increases, averaging between 2 percent and 3 percent, that will add thousands of dollars to her pensions each year.”

Calabro “has pushed for additional pension reforms.” Snipes’ pension is legal, but Calabro said that many “Floridians are resentful for it.”


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How does being a election supervisor for a county even EARN $179k a year?!?! Let alone get $130k in pension retirement. Let alone the fact she completely sucked at a job your average McDonalds store manager could have easily done.

    LeftWingLock in reply to pwaldoch. | November 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    The $130 K (actually $129 K) is the sum of her two pensions — school and politician. Nevertheless, your point is well made. How can any government employee get a $71 K pension after 15 years of work?

    JOHN B in reply to pwaldoch. | November 28, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    The next time a Florida democrat whines about needing more money for schools, tell them to collect it from Snipes’ pension, and others like her.

Public pensions are simply out of control and will bankrupt America. I worked for a Fortune 50 company for 24 years, many at a Director level making ~$200K per year. My estimated pension once I turn 65, ~$54K per year, a FAR CRY from $130K.

    Dathurtz in reply to MAJack. | November 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I am a high school teacher in Louisiana. If I stick with it for a total of 30 years, then I will get about 80% of the average of my 3 highest earning years. Right now that is about $36k annually. Our retirement fund is in pretty good shape because almost no teachers make it that long and our pay isn’t astronomical.

    Our biggest problem is keeping other public employees out of our fund. The police get their overtime added in so they end up retiring on something like 130% of their annual average.

So she’s not going to prison for violating Florida election laws? What’s the point of having these laws?

I wouldn’t trust her to bag my groceries much less reward her with a golden parachute for stealing elections.

I don’t think her failures were due to incompetence, I think she knew full well what she was doing, her own little criminal enterprise. I hope it gets fully investigated and that charges are brought against her for her malfeasance.

Colonel Travis | November 28, 2018 at 2:56 pm

She should get fingerprinted and a mug shot.

I told you. Exhibit A for why Democrats try to cheat.

ZERO CONSEQUENCES. ‘Resigned’ with her ridiculously fat pension intact.

So why would they NOT try to cheat every time? If they succeed they steal a seat! If they fail, so what? They lost anyway, and there are no consequences.

Until the RINO cowards visit CONSEQUENCES on these scumbags, this will continue to be widespread. Nothing will change until Republicans pick their balls up off the floor and change it.

Greed is good. Incompetence is better. Also, democracy is aborted, or perhaps shrivels, in Democrat districts.

It ALWAYS pays, to be a Dem “player.”And 99% of the time….it’s on the stupid taxpayers.

Antifundamentalist | November 28, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Her pension as a retired educator is irrelevant to her pension as an elected official. She served her time in the school system. That said, she really needs to be prosecuted and have her second pension stripped. THEN they need to check and see if a criminal conviction in any way affects the educator’s pension.

Her ‘pension’ is a pay-off for her corruption.

Let her keep her pension, she earned every penny of it.

The GOP has had 18 years to fix Florida.

“And of course, in some part of our minds we must look to the future. To legislation that will normalize and regularize our voting procedures, make clear and just its rules and regulations, see to it that a Florida will never happen again.” – Peggy Noon, The Greenwood Position, Nov 24th 2000

November of 2000…

She submitted a resignation to for stall the Governor from removing her from office for cause and putting the pension in jeopardy.

What is the status of the FDLE investigation? I assume we haven’t heard about it, because they are professionals. But if they get a conviction, the pension will disappear.

PersonofInterests | November 29, 2018 at 1:47 pm

There is only one thing that this lousy POS and corrupt woman should be getting: A VERY LONG PRISON SENTENCE SO THAT SHE DIES WHILE INCARCERATED.

Well, hell—she may have been nakedly partisan or maximally incompetent, but she hasn’t been convicted of anything, and I’m not sure if she is that would matter, either. Pensions are awarded for length of service, not its quality. She was a schoolteacher, and then she managed to land this civil service post, where she somehow lasted for 15 years. Why shouldn’t she get her two pensions when all the others do?

We’re not only getting awfully vengeful here, people are suggesting that we abrogate the rule of contract law for political reasons. I don’t like it when the left does it, and I don’t like it when the right does it.