April 6, 2013
Bremerton Fire Marshal Scott Rappleye, left, and Fire Chief Al Duke sift through the charred remains of a March 2004 house fire in Bremerton. In 2009, a one-month contract clause provided a temporary pay increase of 12 percent specifically to a few long-serving lieutenants and captains. During that month, three of those workers, including Rappleye, retired. Rappleye saw his annual pension benefits, based largely on his final paycheck, jump by more than $9,000 per year, courtesy of the brief pay raise.