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Jerry Sanders
Other mayors' pensions top Dixon's

With her annual pension secured by a plea agreement and a promise to leave office, Mayor Sheila Dixon can soon enjoy one of the most lucrative retirement benefits of any public employee in Maryland. Her $83,000 annual pension, based on 22 years in elected office, is more than twice that available to top leaders of the Maryland General Assembly, and $20,000 higher than retirement pay for a similarly tenured member of Congress. Yet while the size of Dixon's pension places her in select company of Maryland political retirees, within the small community of retired metropolitan mayors across the country the sum hardly stands out. The former mayor of Philadelphia recently retired with a...