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Jon Lender is a reporter on the politics and government beat. He writes The Courant’s Sunday investigative column, Government Watch. A reporter and editor for 40 years, he has received numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the 2004 George Polk Award for investigative stories by him and two other reporters about corruption involving Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who later served 10 months in federal prison. He began as a town reporter in Willimantic, Bristol, Southington and Middletown before switching to investigative reporting and government/politics coverage.

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Rowland's Ex-Driver Wins Major Pension Increase, Including $177,000 Retroactive Payment

Rowland's Ex-Driver Wins Major Pension Increase, Including $177,000 Retroactive Payment

December 13, 2014

Former Gov. John G. Rowland's former state police chauffeur, Vincent DeRosa, has won a $19,000-a-year increase in his lifetime pension, along with a 10-year, retroactive payment of more than $177,000 upfront.