BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 23 February 2012 11:36 PM

San Bernardino County’s former top attorney, who took a year’s worth of vacation before officially retiring last month, tops the list of pension earners among former county employees, according to recently provided data.

Ruth Stringer, who served as county counsel for about four years and worked for the county for 30 years, receives an annual retirement pension of $311,872.68, according to the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association.

That works out to just over $80,000 more than the annual salary of $230,117.04 for the position of county counsel.

She’s not the only county retiree making more in retirement than while she was employed. Pension data released last July by SBCERA showed that at least 24 of the top pension earners — those making more than $100,000 a year — made an average of $60,000 more in retirement than what they earned when they were working.

That list showed the highest-paid pension going to Richard Beemer, a former undersheriff, at $290,901.96 a year. Norm Kanold, a former assistant county administrator, was second at $254,818.80, followed by Michael Stodelle, a former assistant sheriff, at $254,640.36, and Warren Nobles, also a former assistant sheriff, at $254,031.60.

Full comparison data from between July, when the initial list was provided, and this week, was not immediately available. Stringer is one of the highest ranking county officials to retire during that period.

Stringer announced her departure in November 2010 and left a month later. But county officials revealed last month that Stringer remained on the county payroll earning her salary and benefits for a full year until she officially retired last month.

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