Ruger -- go to law school, make the big bucks, and then buy a really nice sports car.
Also, you're stepping away from a 19 year career? Don't most public service pensions kick in at 20? Either way, this a huge move for you. Congrats!
Ohio police and fire pension fund kicks in at 25 years--60% of the average of the three highest years of pay. Members of the fund vest at fifteen years, so I'm vested but I'm sacrificing about half of the pension I would realize if I stayed six more years.
But six may as well be 60. It's bad here--budget cuts, low morale, terrible boss, seven village idiots for commissioners. Development projects that could bring the city back from the brink of economic disaster hang in the balance because commissioners can't make a decision, thereby scaring off other developers and (potential) huge investments in the community.
Plus, I'm fed up with our local IAFF union. I want to stand on my accomplishments and be rewarded for my efforts. The union appears more and more socialist to me every day. Slackers are rewarded and those who strive to achieve more than the minimum required are beat down until they fall in with the pack.
Arrrgghhhhhh! I have to stop complaining! I'm going to law school, darn it, and I'm gonna succeed!