San Jose’s police union brought together four former police chiefs last month for an orchestrated media event intended to boost the political fortunes of mayoral candidate Dave Cortese. They also blamed Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension reforms for driving officers away and leaving the department understaffed. The chiefs—Tom Wheatley, William Lansdowne, Rob Davis and Chris Moore—each had harsh words for the current administration, with Davis reportedly saying it’s been “hard to watch it, because that's our baby." But Davis didn’t mention that he and his fellow chiefs abandoned the infant when they golden parachuted to lucrative new gigs while still receiving 90 percent of their final salaries—plus 3 percent cost of living increases—for the rest of their days. Fly asked City Hall for compensation numbers on the four pensioners, and their active retirements could just as easily boost the argument as to why pensions needed to be scaled back in the first place. Davis, who retired on Halloween 2010 and now holds a private-security consulting gig, has already deposited $817,497 in retirement checks. Moore, who held the top spot for less than two years and left in January 2013 for a similar job, has already received more than $320,000. That’s $1.1 million combined for two men who left “the beat” less than four years ago. Lansdowne abruptly retired in March after serving as San Diego’s police chief for the last 10 years, and during that time he collected a cool $2.2 million from San Jose. While SJPD faces some serious challenges, having dropped from 1,400 officers to less than 900, the former chiefs’ shameless double-dipping somehow managed to escape their collective outrage. (Wheatley, who retired for health reasons after serving as acting chief for less than five months, has collected just less than $2 million.) Potentially growing the $5.3 million in post-employment compensation that’s already been paid out to the gang of four, current chief Larry Esquivel could be entertaining thoughts of joining his predecessors as a young working and well pensioned retiree.