Police chief's severance 'too rich': Rob Ford

Mayor Rob Ford tours an electronics recycling company in Scarborough, Ont., on August 6, 2014....

Mayor Rob Ford tours an electronics recycling company in Scarborough, Ont., on August 6, 2014. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

TORONTO - Police Chief Bill Blair’s severance is “too rich” for Mayor Rob Ford’s liking.

As the Toronto Sun reported on Wednesday, Blair’s contract with the Toronto Police Services Board makes him eligible to receive a full year’s salary — $367,719 plus $3,006 in benefits — when his time as the city’s top cop ends next year.

Ford balked at the payout when asked about it on Wednesday and blamed the police services board.

“That’s not under my administration,” he said. “It’s unfortunate. Again, that’s pretty steep to take home $350,000 plus, plus, plus.

“The average person does not get that. I want to wish the chief the best but that’s a little too rich for my liking.”

The mayor argued “no one gets a whole year’s salary.”

“The average person doesn’t get that,” he said. “You talk to these average blue-collar workers, they don’t get that. I just want people to realize we’re dealing with a working-class city.”


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