Mayor Andy Berke's police and fire pension task force is set to hold its first meeting tonight, nearly one month after the mayor announced its formation.
The 18-member group will meet on The 4th Floor of The Public Library from 5 to 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will also be streamed live on the Internet and archived online for later viewing.
The group, which includes Police Chief Bobby Dodd and Fire Chief Lamar Flint, has been charged with examining ways to reform the city's police and fire pension plan, which has an estimated market value of $220,343,896. Other members of the group are Jim Appleberry, CFD (retired); David Brooks, CFD; Stephanie Crow, CapitalMark Bank; Fred Decosimo, Decosimo & Co.; Kurt Faires, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel; Tripp Farmer, HHM PLLC; Toby Hewitt, CPD, president of FOP; Terry Knowles, CFD, president of CFPPF; Less Lee, LeeSmith Inc.; Phillip McClain, CPD; Ken Neblette, CPD (retired); Chantele Roberson, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Jack Thompson, CFD, president of IAFF; Tim Tomisek, CPD, president of IBPO; and Ben Vance, Unum.
In past weeks, Berke has said his goals for reforming the pension plan are to attract public safety employees, encourage them to have long careers, meet obligations to officers and firefighters, and use taxpayer dollars responsibly.
Last month, City Council members approved a resolution authorizing the mayor's office to hire a consultant to make recommendations for changes to the fund. The group, Public Financial Management, is a Philadelphia-based firm that has helped other cities reform their pension funds in the past.
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