Council says 'No' to mayor appointed pension trustee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With an 18-0 vote and no discussion, the Jacksonville City Council withdrew legislation that would have allowed the mayor to appoint the fifth trustee on the police and fire pension board.

The vote took place in front of a room packed with police and firefighters who were in favor of the dismissal.

Earlier this month city council postponed making a decision.

Police and firefighters showed up two weeks ago to visually make a statement they are opposed to giving city hall more power in making appointments.

Mayor Alvin Brown never made making a trustee appointment a big issue in pension reform discussions this summer.

The Mayor's staff says the council's legislation is piece meal. Police and firefighters say the legislation, if passed, could derail pension reform as they oppose city hall appointing three of the five trustees.

Council President Clay Yarborough says the council has options which include postponing a vote again.


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