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Gordon W. Alexander retired on 2008-11-18 from the State Police department (agency 321), where he worked as a State Police Trooper, 1st Class. At the time of retirement, Alexander was 53 years old and had 270905.00 days of creditable service, resulting in an average salary of $79,903.56. His annual pension amount is $65,088.24, payable in monthly installments of $5,424.02. His retirement type is AD, and his PERSON ID is 31336. The transaction number associated with his retirement is 6674781, processed in the year 2016.

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

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person_idcreditable_servicedepartment_last_worked_inagency_last_worked_intrans_noannual_pensionyearlast_namefirst_namedate_of_retirementtitle_at_retirementaverage_salaryage_at_retirementmonthly_pensiontype_of_retirementmiddle_initial
31336270905.00STATE POLICE321667478165088.242016ALEXANDERGORDON2008-11-18T00:00:00.000STATE POLICE TROOPER,1ST CLASS79903.56535424.02ADW


  data:
    [
   {
      "person_id": "31336",
      "creditable_service": "270905.00",
      "department_last_worked_in": "STATE POLICE",
      "agency_last_worked_in": "321",
      "trans_no": "6674781",
      "annual_pension": "65088.24",
      "year": "2016",
      "last_name": "ALEXANDER",
      "first_name": "GORDON",
      "date_of_retirement": "2008-11-18T00:00:00.000",
      "title_at_retirement": "STATE POLICE TROOPER,1ST CLASS",
      "average_salary": "79903.56",
      "age_at_retirement": "53",
      "monthly_pension": "5424.02",
      "type_of_retirement": "AD",
      "middle_initial": "W"
   }
]

  keys:
    [
   "person_id",
   "creditable_service",
   "department_last_worked_in",
   "agency_last_worked_in",
   "trans_no",
   "annual_pension",
   "year",
   "last_name",
   "first_name",
   "date_of_retirement",
   "title_at_retirement",
   "average_salary",
   "age_at_retirement",
   "monthly_pension",
   "type_of_retirement",
   "middle_initial"
]
    

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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"
]