published Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke names task force to study fire and police pensions

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Chattanooga City Hall
Photo by Jake Daniels /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
TASK FORCE

• Jim Appleberry

• David Brooks

• Stephanie Crowe

• Fred Descosimo

• Bobby Dodd

• Kurt Faires

• Tripp Farmer

• Lamar Flint

• Toby Hewitt

• Terry Knowles

• Less Lee

• Phillip McClain

• Berke's Chief of Staff Travis McDonough.

• Ken Neblette

• Chantelle Roberson

• Jack Thompson

• Tim Tomisek

• Ben Vance

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has named an 18-board task force that will study how to make the city’s Police and Fire Pension fund more stable.

The task force is made up of 10 active or retired firefighters and police officers, including police Chief Bobby Dodd, fire Chief Lamar Flint, and two members of the Pension Board. The remaining eight members are community leaders.

As the city faces a $150 million shortfall in the pension fund, the task force will meet for the first time Sept. 9.

“We must have a pension plan that does three things — attracts public safety employees and encourages them to have long careers with the city; meets our obligations to our officers and firefighters; and uses taxpayer dollars responsibly so we can fund public safety initiatives today,” Berke said in a prepared statement.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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