Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams has not been charged with a crime in the Bell scandal.

Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams has not been charged with a crime in the Bell scandal. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / September 21, 2012)

Already one of California's highest paid public pensioners, former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams this week asked a state pension panel to double his retirement pay to reflect the huge salary he received during his brief stint as the top cop in the scandal-plagued city.

If Adams wins his case, which is being heard in Orange County, his pension would zoom to $510,000 a year, making him the second-highest-paid public pensioner in California.

On the witness stand Thursday, Adams invoked his 5th Amendment right to not incriminate himself 20 times, including when asked about his Bell salary, which was among the highest law enforcement paychecks in the nation.

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