Update at 5:50 p.m.: City officials say Chief Turner is withdrawing his request to collect a pension while remaining on the job. The original post is as follows:
If you want this:
Officials in Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration said Friday [April 23] they are preparing legislation to dramatically reduce pension benefits for city employees to the level of benefits a decade ago. The move would save millions for the city but is expected to set off an alarm among city workers and their unions.
then it seems to me that the exactly wrong thing to do is this:
Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman is floating a proposal to the City Council that would allow [police chief George] Turner, 51, to “retire” on paper, but immediately be rehired as chief in order to start collecting his $100,000 pension.
Aman said that because Turner would have retired, he would collect his pension and the $200,000 salary that goes with being police chief. Although he commands perhaps the most significant unit in city government, at least four city employees earn more than Turner.
Aman’s proposal, which has the backing of Mayor Kasim Reed, has not been approved by the council yet.
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