2 City Council Members, Employee To Continue To Get Pension Benefits After Rejoining The City

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

City officials said City Council members Moses Freeman and Yusuf Hakeem, along with a female employee of economic and community development, will be allowed to keep getting pension benefits while serving a second go-around with the city.

Councilman Freeman was a former city administrator, while Councilman Hakeem was a veteran councilman who went to a state job before winning election again on the City Council.

Council members were told these three can continue to get the benefits, but it will not be allowed in the future.

The council was set to approve a resolution that says "WHERAS, the Board of Trustees has further recommended that beginning April 1, 2014, any retired participant who (i) terminated their employment with the City, (ii) is receiving retirement benefits provided by the plan, and (iii) is re-employed by the City shall not be entitled to contribute to or participate in the plan but shall be entitled to participate in the deferred compensation program offered by the City."

It was noted that City Councilman Jerry Mitchell was a former city administrator. However, after he was elected to the City Council he chose not to accept pension benefits at this time.

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