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Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent to retire

November 3, 2010


— The superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol has announced his retirement.

Col. Terry Maple says he intends to retire from the patrol Jan. 1, and that his last day leading the patrol will be in December. His retirement was first reported by KFDI.

The 53-year-old Maple joined the patrol in 1979 and was named superintendent in 2008 by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. He has been the patrol's assistant superintendent since 1999.

Maple says he looks forward to "future opportunities" but it's unclear what he will be doing in the future.


KU_cynic 7 years, 2 months ago

On one hand, the opportunity for early retirement is a nice benefit for public safety workers.

On the other hand, when someone can retire with a state pension at age 53, it's an indictment of what's wrong with state government.

somebodynew 7 years, 2 months ago

KU_cynic - while I understand your feelings, keep in mind there is a years of service part, not just the age part. A person has to put in 25 years and be age 50 to be able to retire with the Minimum benefit allowed. And this is not for all state employees, police/fire have separte guidlines. Plus after 25 years in those lines of work, they deserve it.

PositiveBroadenAndBuild 7 years, 2 months ago

I love the fact that the majority of people who use their work days to post comments on articles on ALSO enjoy complaining about the benefits that hard workers receive....classic! Or, KU_Cynic, do you get paid to teach students and then play on the internet all day...? Seems as though most of your comments on articles are during working hours...or has KU implemented a new set of classes offered at 11pm that people are unaware of? I think 31 years of dedicated service to a job, as well as service to the public requires a well deserved retirement. That's very rare these days!

skinny 7 years, 2 months ago

KU_cynic hasn't a clue what he/she is talking about. The Troopers here in Kansas pay 7.0% out of their salary for their retirement. Then the state of Kansas matches it as they do for other state employees. The City and County do the same thing.

KU_cynic 7 years, 2 months ago

If the pension plan is 100% defined contribution, then I would indeed withdraw my observation. If on the other hand the plan has a defined benefit component I would not.

Sheesh, I post a comment at 5:19 pm and I'm a slacker I guess.

PositiveBroadenAndBuild 7 years, 2 months ago

Obviously KU_Cynic doesn't know what he/she is talking about. If he/she would have actually read and comprehended what was written - I was talking about most of his/her posts. Alot of them ARE during working hours, not this one article in particular. So KU_Cynic, are you saying that you do not agree with the fact that when someone works hard and is dedicated to a company, especially protecting the public and aiding in public safety, for 30 solid years, they don't deserve something for putting their life on the line day in and day out? If that is the case, then who in their right minds would put their life on the line and endure such a profession if there weren't some benefits, like retirement, after 30 years of hard work and service? Are you going to expect tenure after 30 years of teaching students and performing research? Isn't that a benefit to your job after a certain amount of hard work and dedication to your profession? Thus, since these two jobs are very different in nature, there are different benefits. I feel that those who are in these public safety positions (and do a great job at them) deserve to be compensated for standing up and dealing with situations and issues that normal people would typically run from. Especially if they contribute 50% to their own retirement. Aren't there a lot of companies that match what you put into retirement, up to a certain extent? Why should this situation be any different? Are you assuming that public safety workers make as much as a professor to begin with? I doubt a police officer on the street today makes half of what you make in a year...let them have some benefits to a job that seems like it would be a lot more stressful than yours.

Danimal 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm never going to fault people in law enforcement, emergency services, the military, or any other extremely demanding profession that allows people to retire after 20-25 years of service. They've earned it, plain and simple. Besides, I don't think that we can be expecting people in their 60's and 70's to be doing traffic stops, wrestling crackheads, or carrying people out of burning buildings.

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