More than 800 retired public employees in Oregon draw down more than $100,000 a year in pension benefits. That's one detail that emerged Monday as part of a settlement reached between the state and two Oregon newspapers.
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The court ordered the release of the names and pension amounts of about 105,000 retired public employees. The most generously compensated retiree? Former University of Oregon head football coach Mike Bellotti. He's now working for ESPN television but gets nearly a half-million dollars a year in Oregon public pension.
Other top earners include retired Oregon Health and Science University doctors. Of Oregon's former governors, Vic Atiyeh is doing the best at around $65,000 a year.
The information comes as a result of a legal agreement signed in September between Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System and the Oregonian and Statesman-Journal newspapers. Seven retired public employees filed a last-minute lawsuit to block the data release. But Marion County Judge Vance Day rejected the request. PERS is funded through a mix of investments and public agency money.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.