Schienle says Town singled him out for benefit suspension

Add another angry police officer to the Town of Mammoth’s growing list. In October, former Police Chief Randy Schienle filed documents to oppose Mammoth’s bankruptcy filing. His complaint? A suspension of benefits that he said he negotiated with the Town when he retired. Schienele pointed to what he believes is a “consistent pattern of harassment on the Town’s behalf directed at me by certain elected officials on the Mammoth Lakes Town Council.”

In a letter field with the bankruptcy court, Schienele said he opposed Mammoth’s bankruptcy filing, which presumably will soon go away. Meanwhile, former Chief Schienle points out that his PARS lifetime benefits were suspended under the pending bankruptcy.

Schienle writes that prior to suspension of his benefits there was no communication from the Town of Mammoth Lakes or its legal counsel indicating that his benefit would be suspended. Schienele’s letter says that in speaking with Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht, he learned he was the only individual that was having the benefit suspended. Schienle said other retirees did not experience a benefit suspension.

Schienle wrote that Manager Wilbrecht told him that the former police chief’s pay exceeded $200,000 at the time of his retirement and put him outside the federal guideline for the PARS benefit. Schienle said his pay never exceeded $200,000. He also said that a document the Town claimed spelled out the terms of his benefits did not include his signature.

Schienle asks for all back pay and interest due to him during the suspension of his benefits plus the continuation of the benefits. His letter says he believes the suspension of his benefit is “being done completely with ‘malice and forethought’ by members of the Town of Mammoth Lakes administration and its elected leadership.”



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10 Responses to Schienle says Town singled him out for benefit suspension

  1. The town will not learn November 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    This town is so corrupt it’s silly.
    Someone needs to call the Feds. I hear the FBI will look into such corruption.
    Out with all of them. Wilbrect too. Out with the trash.

  2. Reality bites again November 6, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Looks like the wrongdoing will continue. The town heads and Council are a bunch of following crooks. When will it end.

    On another note I thought that the deadline to file Opposition of the BK was sometime in Sept. and is it not moot that the BK has been settled out of court.

    • Benett Kessler November 6, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Probably depends on how Schienle sees it and if he decides to take further action.
      Benett Kessler

  3. Johnny law November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Oh. Trust me this is just the start of the shady cops from Mono County filing for bankruptcy.. More to Come as their hidden corruption surfaces and the lawsuits kick it out in the public! PROMiSE!

  4. sierragrl November 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    All I know is you have to follow contract law….I hope the town is proceeding carefully and getting GOOD legal advice…I don’t want to see any more lawsuits!

  5. Very Sad November 7, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I for one feel very sorry for Mr. Schienle. How can he be expected to survive on his $163,000.00 a year from CalPers? He really needs the extra 25K to 30K a year from PARS.

    • Observation November 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Whether or not one questions how much the PERS and/or PARS pays in retirement is a separate issue. The issue here is that Chief Schienle had a signed agreement between himself and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The Town willfully and knowingly violated the terms and conditions of the signed agreement – similar to how the Town has conducted itself with other agreements including the development agreement at the airport. Its unethical for an entity to conduct business in this manor. That is the sole issue with respect to this story.

      • Realist November 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

        There are two sides to every story. We have not heard the Town’s side yet. Maybe Benett could call and ask.

  6. Reality bites again November 7, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    The weird thing is that we the town must pay MLLA for breaking a contract but yet we break more contracts to do so. The town must reduce it’s obligations proportionately to all it’s creditors but yet wipe out those it wishes to hence the past Chief. What I wonder is if the council is willing to forgo it’s benefits to make the payments.

  7. Benett Kessler November 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    We asked Mammoth’s Assistant Town Manager and Town Manager for a comment on Schienele’s allegations. Marysheva-Martinez emailed back, “We do not have a comment on Mr. Schienle’s claim.”

    Benett Kessler


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