Tensions rise in Chattanooga fire, police pension overhaul
Pension administrators are balking at suggested changes that would
significantly alter police officers' and firefighters' retirement plan
while saving the city $400 million over the next 30 years.
With three weeks to go until Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's deadline
for his 18-member pension task force to reach a consensus, contention is
growing among officials, the Fire and Police Pension Board members and
employees over cuts that some say could prompt more employees to leave
their departments prematurely.
"It's a worst-case scenario," said police Sgt. Craig Joel, a pension
board member. "My concern isn't just attracting new employees; it's also
retaining current ones, myself included."