STORRS, Conn. (AP) – A second top University of Connecticut police official is retiring amid controversy over the six-figure salaries of top department officials, who earned more than police managers in many cities including New York.

The Hartford Courant reports that UConn Maj. Ronald Blicher filed for retirement effective this week. The move comes two months after UConn officials announced the retirement of Police Chief Robert Hudd, who is staying on the job until his successor is hired.

Hudd earned nearly $256,000 a year and Blicher took home about $202,000 annually. Both men’s pensions could exceed $100,000 a year.

UConn trustees have formed a committee to study the compensation of top university administrators, and school President Susan Herbst says the new police chief’s salary will be similar to those at other colleges.

Information from: The Hartford Courant,

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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