Early vacation for double-dipping general
August 24, 2011
A former adjutant general in the California National Guard has been “transferred to the retired list, effective immediately,” for financial improprieties. [SacramentoBee]
General William H. Wade II, the Guard’s boss from 2005 until being relieved of that duty early last year, received about $155,000 in “improper double-dip earnings — two days pay for a single day of work,” according to an investigation by the Sacramento Bee. In that post, Wade also was commander of Camp Roberts. Now deputy chief of staff in Italy, the general has so far refused to repay any of the money.
The action was taken by current Guard Adjutant General David S. Baldwin, who said “the soldiers and airmen of the California National Guard are best served by this action.” The move was taken with the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown, according to The Bee article.
Legislation now pending in the California Senate would increase the period for recouping improperly gained funds from three to six years. Wade makes about $200,000 in base pay from the state, and another $50,000 from the federal government.