Shea, who retired that year at age 49, has been collecting a pension
now worth $47,000 a year, plus health-care insurance, paid by Norfolk
county taxpayers. If she had received the kind of pension usually given
to sheriff's department administrators, instead of the type Norfolk
corrections officers get for their potentially dangerous jobs, her
pension would be worth less than half that, $21,230 a year.
Steve Kenneway, president of the Massachusetts Correctional Officers Federation Union, blasted Shea's pension.
"I don't see a lot of stress on a paper-pusher, not compared to an
officer who might get stabbed or beaten up on the cellblock," he said.
"These retirements are meant for officers who get old before their time
under the stress and physical demands of the job."
Shea's work for Cahill, a Democrat,
extends back at least to 1996 when she was actively raising funds for
his campaign to become county treasurer, according to three Quincy
Democrats who observed their relationship. She also used her contacts
from having served on the retirement board to round up support for
Cahill around the county.
again worked closely with him in his 2002 campaign to win the state
treasurer's post. After he took office, she continued to be on his
inner financial team that met in Quincy, sometimes weekly, to plan
fund-raising for Cahill's political account, said two Cahill
supporters. Shea has also donated to Cahill's coffers, more than $3,000
since Cahill won election as state treasurer.