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Fire Department Retirements Won't Impact Pension... For Now

Recent retirements in the Fairfield Fire Department won't have an immediate impact on the police and fire pension fund, Brian Vahey, a member of the joint pension board, reportedly told members of the Fairfield Board of Finance.

 

Recent retirements in the Fairfield Fire Department won't require an increase in the town's police and fire pension fund contributions for 2013-2014, Brian Vahey, a member of the joint pension board, reportedly informed during Wednesday's Board of Finance meeting.

The retirements, however, could have a significant impact on the pension fund contributions in the future, Vahey said, according to a report in the Fairfield Citizen.

The board's decision whether to increase the town's contributions to the police and fire pension fund comes as town officials investigate allegations that the fire department had a practice in place to promote or transfer fire officials just prior to retirement, for the purpose of boosting their pension benefits.

Last December Board of Finance Chairman Thomas Flynn received an anonymous letter alerting him to the alleged practice. The recent transfer of two assistant chiefs to the department's training center about two weeks before they retired reportedly netted each an additional $8,000 in annual pension benefits.

In January the Board of Selectmen hired an independent counsel to investigate the allegations. In addition the Fairfield Fire Commission voted to suspend all provisional promotions within the fire department for 30 days while the town investigates.

During the meeting Flynn reportedly said he wants "to hear from the actuaries" what impact the recent retirements will have on the town's contribution rate before making a decision.

For more check out the Fairfield Citizen report.

Nonsense February 03, 2013 at 07:27 PM
People still continue to focus on the wrong issue. The promotions themselves were probably within the authority of the chief, and in accordance with the current contract. What people should be focusing on was the chief's transfer/rotation of the retiring Asst Chief's through the training office in order to retire at a higher pay grade. If people retired and there were openings (there were two openings as LINE Asst Chief's) fine..then fill the gap. Its logical for the chief to do that..but he didnt. Instead he rotated his two temporary boys through the training chief's slot (not the line slots where the openings were) so that they could retire at a higher pay grade. He knew they were retiring EVEYONE DID!!
Nonsense February 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM
And honestly...do we need to hire that law firm for $500 buck an hour to investigate this?!?! How much will that cost?? The slapping investigation cost thousands and they could only say "He probably did it"..the town is already into the firm for more than $200,000.00 to negotiate contracts with the FD that the selectman and town attorney are supposed to handle...why pay those two then?!?
Joeseph Biff February 04, 2013 at 01:00 PM
These crooks are knowingly gaming the system,at the expense of the hard working Fairfield taxpayers.We will pay for this outrageous and corrupt behavior with our tax dollars.Already we are paying an attorney $250.00 an hour to investigate. It's in their contract,so we can't do much about it until the new contract comes up. Hopefully this selfish,self serving behavior will end at that time.
Fairfield Old Timer February 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Here's a story about double-dipping at the Westport PD: http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/comments/42086/ This cop retired from Trumbull as a Seargent Detective after 30 years on the force. Now he will be working as a Patrolman in Westport. Unbelievable!
frank menendez February 04, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I second that opinion,joeseph biff! enough of this unethical b-ll sh-t! these people are very well compensated as it is.
Stanley Simpleton February 05, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Instead of being cute about it - The Patch would better serve its readers by appropriately naming their articles. For instance, the title of this article would more appropriately be "Retirements Could Have a Significant Impact on the Pension Fund Contributions in the Future."

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