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Tensions rise in Chattanooga fire, police pension overhaul

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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."

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