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City should reconsider retirement packages

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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 10:00 pm

I read in paper (Aug. 29) about two of our fire captains, ages 52 and 56, who are retiring because the city is offering them an early out to save money. How?

Since this would be public record, maybe you could find out what that offer was and what their annual retirement salary will be.

I see so many times that firemen and police (public safety) are retiring in their early 50s. Isn't this losing some very well trained and qualified employees with many good working years left? Whatever happened to the 60 to 65 retirement years?

I don't blame any of our hard working public safety personnel for the retire benefits they are offered. I do blame the city council and any others that hand out these very generous packages. If my understanding is correct, they can retire after 30 years of service at 90% of their salary plus health benefits, if I'm wrong I know someone will correct me.

I think we had better take a hard look at changing some of these benefit for new employees before we go broke like Vallejo and many other cities. I'm sure I will hear from many that don't like the content of this letter, but it needs to be addressed. Wake up, Lodi!

Dennis Regan

Lodi

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