Transition Task Force to Protect Current Pensions While Creating a New Plan
Consolidation is a little over a year away and the Transition Task Force is hard at work and has made a couple of decisions that will affect the workforce.
Going forward, any vacancies within the city or county will not be filled until the Chief Administrative Officers determine if the position is absolutely necessary. If so, the human resource departments will look to fill the position as a team. The goal being to prevent duplication of services in the new government.
The Transition Task Force also took a crucial first step in dealing with the pension plans for employees.
"It's a very sensitive issue and a very important issue to current employees as well as future employees" -Robert Reichert/Macon Mayor
The pension issue has been of great concern to many, especially members of the police and fire pension plan who receive their pension instead of Social Security Benefits.
"We voted to recommend that we hire Patty Keesler and benefit consultants to give us advice on how to transition the employees and be sure that there's no impairment to their pension rights and pension benefits." -Robert Reichert/Macon Mayor
Mayor Reichert says Keesler's forte as an attorney is pension law.
Nothing is etched in stone on either new or existing pension plans.
Basically employees under the current 3 plans will remain..New hires in the consolidated government will get a new pension plan that's yet to be announced.