SALEM — Documents released Monday by the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System show former University of Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti is the state’s top public pension beneficiary.

Bellotti collects nearly a half-million dollars annually in pension checks — more than $41,000 per month.

The names of about 100,000 retired public employees in Oregon and how much they receive in pensions are being made public as part of a court settlement between the state retirement system and two newspapers.

The Oregonian and The Statesman Journal demanded the records last year to shine a light on state spending.

Bellotti told The Oregonian on Monday evening he simply accepted the package he was offered when he signed on at the university in 1989.

Bellotti said the pension was a fraction of his final annual compensation from the university, which he said was between $1.9 million and $2 million.

“Put in all the taxes I’ve paid to the state of Oregon,” he said. Bellotti, 60, is also a former U of O athletic director.

The Statesman Journal says PERS pays out more than $230 million a month to all beneficiaries combined.

The pension information indicates a large gap between the system’s top earners and rank and file pensioners.

The Oregonian reported that 837 pensioners get more than $100,000 a year.

State Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, told the Salem paper that the top 10 PERS beneficiaries are employees who retired under the old Tier 1 benefits plan, a much more generous pension plan than workers now receive.

Others in the Top 5 earn between $19,478 and $31,459. They include:

• Dr. Frederick Keller, $31,459. Keller is an interventional radiologist with Oregon Health & Science University. He became director of OHSU’s Dotter Institute in 1993. He is the Cook Professor of Interventional Therapy, professor of surgery, and chairman of the department of diagnostic radiology at OHSU.

• Lesley Hallick, $23,917. Hallick spent 32 years at Oregon Health & Science University, starting as an assistant professor in microbiology in 1977. She went on to become vice president for academic affairs and the university’s first provost. She left OHSU in 2009 to become president of Pacific University.

• Steven Goldschmidt, $21,517. Goldschmidt, 67, is former director of human resources for Portland Public Schools.

• David Frohnmayer, $21,027. Frohnmayer, 71, is a former Oregon attorney general, former dean at the University of Oregon School of Law, and former president of the university. His last day as president was June 30, 2009. His prior public service also includes three terms in the Oregon state House.

• Dr. Peter Kohler, $20,252. Kohler was president of Oregon Health & Science University for 18 years. He retired in September 2007.

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