Polhemus Has Pocketed Nearly A Million In Pension Payouts From Seaside Heights

Polhemus, 84, is running for his tenth term as Ocean County Sheriff

Longtime Ocean County Sheriff William L. Polhemus has collected $929,793 in pension payments since he retired as Seaside Heights police chief back in the 1980s, according to a report by New Jersey Watchdog.

Polhemus, 84, currently receives $165,941 a year — $122,669 in salary plus a $43,272 pension as a retired Seaside Heights police chief, the report states.

"At age 84, Polhemus is the Republican nominee running for a tenth term, the report states. "If he wins, he’ll become a full-fledged, double-dipping pension millionaire."

Polhemus is running against Democrat George "Bob" Armstrong and Independent John McMenamin in the race for Ocean County Sheriff. Polhemus spent 35 years in the Seaside Heights police department.

Both McMenamin and Armstrong also draw pensions as retired law enforcement officers.

McMenamin receives a $90,398 a year tax-free disability pension. McMenamin was injured in a 2006 on-duty accident involving an all-terrain-vehicle as a Stafford Township police officer.

While the state considers him to be "totally and permanently disabled," McMenamin contends his disability would not impair his ability to serve as sheriff, according to New Jersey Watchdog.

"If McMenamin wins, his take from the public trough would go up to $213,067 a year," the report states.

In contrast, Armstrong receives a small state pension of $7,836 a year from his five years of service as an investigator for the State Commission of Investigations and the Division of Criminal Justice.

Armstrong also receives a federal pension as a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. Federal benefits paid to pensioners are not considered public record.

Polhemus turned down a request from the Ocean County League of Women Voters to debate his opponents. He has not returned numerous calls from Berkeley Patch for an election preview interview.

Polhemus and Undersheriff William Sommeling are among 51 county law enforcement officials in New Jersey who still receive salaries while also drawing a pension, according to a report by New Jersey Watchdog.

The investigation found that 17 sheriffs and 34 undersheriffs collectively earn $9.1 million a year "double dipping" — $3.7 million in retirement pay on top of $5.4 million in salaries — while utilizing loopholes under Gov. Chris Christie's pension reforms.

Vinnie October 22, 2012 at 08:45 PM
What a joke some of us struggle to make ends meet and these guys got there jobs through political means
BN October 22, 2012 at 08:50 PM
True, he has no law enforcement experience...but maybe he can turn the OC jail into a military style boot camp ala Joe Arpaio.
Chief Wahoo October 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
$91,000 DISABILITY .......and yet still able to WORK as sheriff PROPERTY TAX REVOLT !!!......WAKE UP SHEEP !!!!!!!!!!
dainty October 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
heeeyyyyy elitist Christie says this doesn't happen.. Can't be true! GREEDY BAST*RDS! Bleeding the country they serve. They serve themselves..
Comfortably Numb October 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM
This whole article makes me want to freakin PUKE! I don't know whats worse their pay or the photo of the two clowns with big smiles on their faces shaking hands. I would love to see how much real work this guy does on a daily basis. Probably spends more time napping.
letsgetreal October 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The issue here is two fold...one people vote for him and Politicians support him so the anger should be with the Voters and the Politicians that continue to live off him...think about that for a second maybe it will come to you. Just sayin
mike mc October 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM
couldn,t agree more...if your that disabled and collecting $90,000 a year you aught to be home in bed....when is enough,enough ????
Jimmie Knows October 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Lol. This has been going on for years. Political crap as usual. Look deeper into pay raises, padded overtime, and selective law enforcement. Outdated office with a outdated sheriff.
jon October 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM
The Police Departments and Political sheep in wolf clothing have become corrupted in more ways than one.
What you talkin about Willis? October 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
They should be arrested and lose all their pensions. We are struggling and they are double dipping our taxes. Get rid of the pensions and there can be no more corruption just tax relief.
Isheet Mipants October 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Geez he may as well coach Rutgers football with all that money!
mjmjr October 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Jon October 23, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Four more years!!!
What you talkin about Willis? October 23, 2012 at 04:31 AM
what a dirtbag!! he should be arrested by his own office for theft. Who would vote for such a cheat on our dime?
Robert Fitzgerald October 23, 2012 at 04:46 AM
They run the courthouse...they serve in the county domestic violence unit...they have a county wide k-9 unit available to all department without a k-9 unit...they have a warrant squad to lock up fugitives and members of society that do not pay child support...they run the police academy that trains all of ocean county's law enforcement, and also they have a criminal investigations unit that handles and processed all serious crimes, accidents, and deaths. i believer other than toms river, no other police department has a criminal investigations unit. (excuse my grammar and/or spelling, its late)
Robert Fitzgerald October 23, 2012 at 04:49 AM
if you were given the opportunity...you wouldn't take the money? honest question and that's how you got to look at it. Right or wrong, he's working a system that he didn't create for his own benefit that i think we all would too. (excuse my grammar and/or spelling, in late).
The Zipper October 23, 2012 at 09:33 AM
I agree, this is a 1 sided article. Last time I checked it was legal to receive a pension from a privious employer
Jim Cook October 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Get Rid Of Incumbent Politicians (GRIP)
WhyohWhy October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Seriously? You all can't blame Polhemus for what he gets paid. You should all blame yourselves because you voted him in, YOU gave him his salary. The law should state that when you take another Gov't job your pension should stop until you no longer have that Job/position and then your pension picks back up. You will then see how fast they don't want the 'other' job! Polhemus should not be allowed to run for another term at the age of 84. I don't care how spry he maybe....He is 84 years old which means he is still driving as well....Thats scary enough, let alone him being a Sheriff carrying a gun.
What you talkin about Willis? October 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM
We can blame him too because he should disclose this when he asks for our votes. Its called being honest Why is he running again knowing he is stealing from us? At 84, how good of a job could he be doing anyways? And he drives a car.....get the heck off the road? Are taxpayers paying for his high car insurance premiums too. Quit now and show some honor!!
WhyohWhy October 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
He's not being deceptive. Think about it, its not like some one asked him his salary and he said he wasn't disclosing it or he kept it hidden. That would be deceptive. No where does it say if he runs for Sheriff that he has to disclose his persion amt or his salary. If they are going to continue to pay him why wouldn't he take it? You know damn well if it was offered to you or I, we would take it as well. You are right tho, at 84 how good a job can he be doing? And as far as his car Ins premiums... how do you know they are high? AND if they are... LOL... we are paying him well enought that he can afford them!
Bojo October 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
OK bottom line says we are paying out a total of 9.1million to 51 retired state people. Now that comes to approx $271.000. per year. How many people that live in Ocean county can say they retired and make over $75,000/yr. Either this number is wrong or the people of NJ must find a way to stop it.
doreen October 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The man works and should be paid. His pension is based on being a police officer who worked his way through the ranks. He was a civil servant. He worked many years of nights weekends and holidays in a thankless job with pretty much the scum of the earth. His family never knew if he would be walkong through that door later or if he would be meeting his maker at the hands of some moron. What it seems like to me from some commentsis a lot of green eyed monsters, who woild never have the guts to be a police officer
What you talkin about Willis? October 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Does he qualify for another pension as Sheriff? Since he is already 84 and well past the life expectancy tables, if he does, who gets this pot of gold? That is the triple dip. At 84 he has probably been collecting a pension for 30 years. 30 years x say 43k on average. $1.3 million in retirement income thanks to the taxpayers does he get free healthcare too? nice gig
Concerned October 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Wake Up Doreen, Did you know that thousands of people apply to become police officers for each town? As an employer that tells me I'm offering too much in terms of salary, benefits, & retirement. A good business person knows when he has the upper hand and can reduce the offer, NOT keep giving the house away!
Scott Neuman October 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM
What a decision this year for Sheriff. And remember, as for as the current sheriff, your current freeholders stand behind this double dipper all the way. Armstrong is probably the realistic choice here. I'm not sure I'm hiring the guy that is on disability. If he is able to run and serve as a Sheriff, you have to ask yourself if his disability payments need to be revisited. Scott Neuman / http://www.scottneumanforfreeholder.com - Your Independent Voice in Ocean County.
oldsoldier October 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
A lot of complaints about the Sheriff, but I read one solution (thanks to letsgetreal and Redonred): Stop voting for him. Vote for the other guy (Bob Armstrong). For those who would put him dowm because he was not in law enforcement, allow me to point out one thing: Many in law enforcement have a military background, and judging from his photo, it looks like Mr. Armstrong does too. I'm willing to give him a chance, how about you? Just my opinion. Vote for the person, not the party.
Mr. Newton October 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Vote for anyone but Pohemlus!!!
barbara October 24, 2012 at 03:21 AM
It's like a Banana Republic. The job isn't supposed to be for life.
ballyjduf October 24, 2012 at 03:54 PM


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