Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Prison Doc Highest Paid California Employee - Does Next to Nothing

They'd really rather he do nothing, but I guess there's a law against that!

The highest-paid state employee in California last year, a prison surgeon who took home $777,423, has a history of mental illness, was fired once for alleged incompetence and has not been allowed to treat an inmate for six years because medical supervisors don't trust his clinical skills.

Since July 2005, Dr. Jeffrey Rohlfing has mostly been locked out of his job — on paid leave or fired or fighting his termination — at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, state records show. When he has been allowed inside the facility, he has been relegated to reviewing paper medical histories, what prison doctors call "mailroom" duty.

Just recently, the state was ordered by a judge to reduce the prison population because of "inadequate medical care". Here's a thought: Fire the guy taking home a quarter of a million dollars a year, for doing nothing more than busywork and hire someone in his place who might actually treat the inmates.

I know. That's why I'll never be in politics!

H/T Memeorandum


  1. And they wonder why California is broke. 6-figure non-productivity ain't gonna cut it.

  2. Proof: Your solution is too simplistic and would actually work. Government has no place for people like you.

  3. Yeah. I saw something else in today's paper just now, a honcho with the CA State system is being compensated $400K/ year, which is $100K more than his predecessor. Oh, and did we mention tuition is going up? I'll probably post something on that when I can stop spitting nails!


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