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Richard A. Anderson Jr. retired in 2006 at age 59 as Chief Probation Officer after serving 30 years and accumulating $360,010.00 in creditable service. His last department was Probation within agency 564. His PERS ID is 56329, and his annual pension is $73,808.88, which translates to a monthly pension of $6,150.74. The year of this information is 2016, and his retirement type is SA.

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ALLPENSIONS null 2016-11-30T18:14:04.000Z Search

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56329360010.00PROBATION5641199829073808.882016ANDERSON JRRICHARD2006-10-10T00:00:00.000CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER96379.73596150.74SAA
105064NEW BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2237884528420.202016ANDERSON RICHARD S 1990-07-14T00:00:00.000 2368.35
134792GEORGETOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2871090921861.002016ANDERSON RICHARD L 1997-06-29T00:00:00.000 1821.75
83025HOLBROOK PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1768453833764.162016ANDERSON A RICHARD 1991-06-29T00:00:00.000 2813.68
19456270120.00SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY200414434155502.162016ANDERSONA RICHARD2003-12-31T00:00:00.000PROFESSOR67854.50634625.18SA
239903290111.00DEPT. OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT9645109955230444.962016ANDERSONRICHARD2015-04-09T00:00:00.000JOB SPECIALIST III51670.61602537.08SAL
19458400807.00SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY200414476742341.642016ANDERSONRICHARD2000-12-31T00:00:00.000PROFESSOR63025.13653528.47SA
314956200003.00CENTRAL RESEARCH - CORRECTION1826708584133860.162016ANDERSONRICHARD2011-07-16T00:00:00.000CORRECTION OFFICER I64600.36532821.68COB
296584120110.00UNIV. OF MASS MEDICAL SCHOOL12726317260530101.642016ANDERSONRICHARD2001-04-21T00:00:00.00042702.27572508.47ADD


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    debug: columns: name:
    [
   "AGE AT RETIREMENT",
   "AGENCY LAST WORKED IN",
   "ANNUAL PENSION",
   "AVERAGE SALARY",
   "CREDITABLE SERVICE",
   "DATE OF RETIREMENT",
   "DEPARTMENT LAST WORKED IN",
   "FIRST NAME",
   "LAST NAME",
   "MIDDLE INITIAL",
   "MONTHLY PENSION",
   "PERSON ID",
   "TITLE AT RETIREMENT",
   "TRANS NO",
   "TYPE OF RETIREMENT",
   "YEAR"
]

    debug: columns: type:
    [
   "Calendar date",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Number",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text",
   "Text"
]