Firefighters and police officers addressed the Chattanooga City Council tonight about what they called unfair charges about the fire and police pension board.
“You attack us on the only thing we can hold on to, which is our pension and retirement,” said Sgt. Julia Dean, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 673.
Their comments came a week after city officials announced plans to form a working committee to study the pension’s solvency and the board’s composition. That news came the same day that retired Chattanooga Police Department Sgt. Wayne Morris appealed to the council and called for retiree representation on the pension board, which is comprised of three active police officers and three active firefighters.
Local firefighter and past pension board member Chip O’Dell said tonight that he likes the board’s current makeup just fine, and he said the panel has taken actions that are beneficial to retirees.
“We’re not historically unfriendly to retirees,” Mr. O’Dell said.
Dan Johnson, chief of staff to Mayor Ron Littlefield, has been charged with heading up the committee to study these pension issues. He said he wants to include a pension board member, an active fireman, an active policeman, a retired fireman, a retired policeman, two or three taxpayers with an interest in the issue, city Chief Financial Officer Daisy Madison, city Personnel Director Donna Kelley and one or two attorneys.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.