Terry Knowles Disappointed Mayor Formed Pension Task Force Rather Than Work Directly With Pension Board

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Terry Knowles, president of the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund, said Saturday he is disappointed the Mayor Andy Berke chose to form a Task Force on the pension issue "rather than work directly with the Pension Board to address the city’s concerns with our fund."

Mr. Knowles said, "While I still believe the Task Force is not necessary at this time, the Board looks forward to working with the Task Force and participating in these important discussions about our Plan and the impact possible changes will have on Police Officers, Firefighters and their families.  

"It’s our hope the Board will have greater representation on the Task Force so we can ensure this process is a collaborative effort that operates in an open, transparent and fair manner rather than one with a predefined outcome.”

Concerning changes made to the Fire and Police Pension Fund in Lexington, Ky., Mr. Knowles said, "When you look at Lexington, it’s important to realize the city issued approximately $105 million of pension obligations bonds (2009 and 2010) prior to making any reforms to the pension plan.  

"These bonds, along with a series of pension reforms and a higher annual contribution from the city, are the reasons why Lexington was able to make immediate improvements to the Plan’s funding status."

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