Mayor wants to appoint member of fire, police pension board

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Pension reform is surfacing at City Hall with the council considering allowing the mayor to make an appointment to the police and fire pension board.

This change would go to voters in November to revise the city charter.

Presently police and firefighters select two pension board trustees with the city council selecting two others. Those four trustees are empowered to name the fifth member.

The council wants to remain naming two and be able to confirm the mayor's appointment.

Randy Wyse, who heads up the local firefighters union, sees any change on who names trustees as troublesome.

"I think going to jeopardize pension reform," said Wyse outside city hall as firefighters showed up numbers to show their opposition.

The Mayor's office does not support the city council's proposal calling it 'piece meal.'

Mayor Alvin Brown did not make having a hand in naming a trustee part of his final pension reform plan.


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