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Report: 'Disabled' Calif. chief rode bike and ran

The ex-chief made a deal to be declared disabled when he was hired in the tiny Los Angeles suburb last year, to evade paying taxes on his pension

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A California police chief who resigned over outrage about huge salaries for city officials claimed he was disabled but took spinning classes and ran a 5K charity race months before taking the job.

The Los Angeles Times reports that former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams completed the 3.1-mile 2009 Glendale race in under 32 minutes. And his application for Orange County sheriff in 2008 said he enjoys skiing and jogging.

Adams made a deal to be declared disabled when he was hired as police chief of the tiny Los Angeles suburb last year. That could allow him to pay taxes on only half of his potential $400,000-a-year state pension — although the deal is under investigation.

Adams' attorney says his client is disabled, and the exercise is good for his back.

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