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Sheriff Hammond seeks mandatory retirement at 60 for sworn force

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond wants a retirement program with mandatory retirement at age 60 for sworn officers and higher payouts until those officers are eligible for Social Security benefits.

Though the program would add an upfront cost for the sheriff's department of $250,000 to $400,000, long-term savings would make it an overall good move for the county, Hammond said.

"Higher-salaried people retire," Hammond said. "It takes several years for that savings to kick in."

Other state law enforcement agencies, including the Tennessee Highway Patrol, have gone to a program approved by the Tennessee General Assembly that requires early retirement for commissioned officers. Hamilton County should follow its lead, Hammond said, because officers have a harder time keeping up after age 60.

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