Federal investigators are probing the disability retirement packages of two former assistant police chiefs in Montgomery County, Md., and appear keenly interested in how one of them was able to secure a subsequent job heading the Gaithersburg police department, reports the Washington Post. As part of what federal authorities described in subpoenas as a “criminal investigation of a suspected felony,” investigators are seeking information about William C. O’Toole and John A. King, both of whom receive tax-free disability payments because of back injuries suffered while on the Montgomery force. King is now Gaithersburg’s chief, and O’Toole is executive director of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.
The probe comes as county leaders are examining the disability retirement system. Over the past decade, 91 percent of Montgomery County police officers who applied for disability retirement benefits received them, and in the past four years, more than 60 percent of all Montgomery officers who retired have been collecting service-related disability payments. By comparison, no officers in Fairfax County have retired on service-related disability since 2000, and three officers retired on disability in Howard County during the same period.